Sleep Doesn’t Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries
By Steven Reinberg
Many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury struggle with sleep problems they may not be aware of, Swiss researchers report.
These patients also can suffer daytime sleepiness for as long as 18 months after their injury, the small study found.
And these sleep problems may adversely affect daytime performance at work or school, the researchers said.
“Sleep-wake disorders are highly prevalent after traumatic brain injury of any severity but are difficult to diagnose because many affected patients are unaware of their disorder,” said lead researcher Dr. Lukas Imbach.
It’s not known why sleep problems in traumatic brain injury patients are underestimated, he said.
Every year in the United States, 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury, and evidence suggests that number is rising worldwide, the researchers said.