Using Technology to Promote Sleep Competencies for Behavioral Healthcare Providers: Welcome to the Snoozeum

  • Carin M. LefkowitzEmail author
  • Diana C. Dolan
  • Timothy E. Rogers
  • Kevin M. Holloway


Disrupted sleep presents a major health crisis within the military, as prevalence rates for sleep disorders amongst service members have increased dramatically since 2000 (Alexander et al. 2016; Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center 2010; Caldwell et al. 2017). Dissatisfaction with sleep is one of the most frequent complaints service members have returning from a deployment and one of the top reasons for seeking mental health services (Troxel et al. 2015). Disrupted sleep can be caused by a sleep disorder (such as insomnia disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, or circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorder), or might be a symptom or result of a psychological or physical condition (i.e., major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, etc.). In turn, untreated sleep problems can have numerous negative effects on both an individual’s physical (Alexander et al. 2016) and psychological health (Plumb et al. 2014), and sleep problems can persist despite...


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


This project is sponsored by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU); however, the information or content and conclusions do not necessarily represent the official position or policy of, nor should any official endorsement be inferred on the part of, USU, the Department of Defense, or the US Government.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Deployment Psychology in support of Uniformed Services UniversityBethesdaUSA

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