How do you prove your sleep apnea is service connected?
Veterans can also prove service connection for sleep apnea by showing that their sleep apnea began in service using service medical records, or by providing a nexus opinion from a medical professional that links their current diagnosis of sleep apnea to signs or symptoms they experienced in service.
What causes sleep apnea in veterans?
Many Veterans suffering from emotional distress overeat and lack the motivation to work out. Therefore, sleep apnea can be filed secondary to either a musculoskeletal condition with weight gain or a mental health condition with weight gain.
Do you need a C&P exam for sleep apnea?
In order to confirm a sleep apnea diagnosis for VA disability compensation purposes, VA requires that a sleep study be conducted. If you have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea, but have not undergone a sleep study, VA will not consider that sole diagnosis enough evidence to verify eligibility for compensation.
Does sleep apnea have to be service connected?
A veteran can also establish service connection for sleep apnea on a secondary basis. This means that a veteran has an already service-connected disability that caused the veteran to have sleep apnea. In this case, there must be a medical nexus to link the sleep apnea to their already service-connected disability.
Is tinnitus linked to sleep apnea?
New research suggests sleep apnea may also be associated with hearing loss and tinnitus. Tinnitus can also make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, which can compound the sleep problems associated with S.A. Researchers estimate that tinnitus impacts the quality of sleep for 50-60% of people with sleep disorders.
Is there a connection between sleep apnea and PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sleep apnea have been linked by a number of clinical studies. Some research even suggests that consistent treatment of sleep apnea with CPAP can help ease PTSD symptoms like nightmares and anxiety among military veterans.