Sleep Disorders and TBI Patients

TBI victims have higher than normal incidences of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea (even when they are not obese), hypersomnia, and narcolepsy. The presence of these disorders raises the risk of accidents and injuries on top of the first TBI. Insomnia is a very common complaint of TBI patients. The treatments are the same as they are for other patients with sleep disorders.

Interestingly, one study of TBI patients treated for sleep disorders found little change in multiple sleep latency test results. Does this mean that the treatments are useless? Not necessarily, but it is thought that TBI patients frequently respond differently to treatments.

 

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