Healio: A traumatic brain injury diagnosis increases the risk of sleep disorders over 14 years in veterans, according to the results of a longitudinal cohort study.

“One of the most common and immediate consequences of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are sleep complaints, which significantly impair patients’ quality of life and rehabilitation process,” the researchers wrote.

“While it has been hypothesized that TBI might lead to permanent damage to sleep-related brain regions and thus long-lasting sleep disorders, evidence on the longitudinal association between TBI and development of sleep disorders years after the injury is limited. It is also unclear whether different severity of TBI might have different impact on sleep and if the effects of TBI on sleep disorders are more immediate or latent.”

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