Sleep-Wake Cycle after Traumatic Brain Injury

Sleep-Wake Cycle
February 02, 2017 • “Opson LNCC News” Blog

Sleep-Wake Cycle after Traumatic Brain Injury

After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), recovery of consciousness and improvement in sleep disorder appear to work in parallel. Recent research has suggested that an injured brain itself can also cause sleep problems.

“Our results showed that when the brain has not sufficiently recovered a certain level of consciousness, it is also unable to generate a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle and consolidated nighttime sleep,“ wrote the investigators from the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine in Montreal.

However, a healthy sleep-wake cycle “came back” as patients' cognitive functioning improved, including being able to give appropriate responses to stimuli. Findings were reported December 2016, in the journal Neurology

Tags:  sleep-wake  traumatic brain injury

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