Monday, June 8, 2009

Experts Discuss Sleep Disturbances Related to Traumatic Brain Injury

In a clinical workshop taking place this morning at SLEEP 2009, chair Dr. Michael Russo and a faculty of experts are presenting, “Sleep, Wake and Traumatic Brain Injury.” The workshop focuses on sleep symptoms and sleep disorders that are associated with mild traumatic brain injury.

A
relevant study published in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that treating sleep disorders in adults with TBI may result in the objective resolution of the sleep disorder without improvements in daytime sleepiness or neuropsychological function. Read an AASM press release about the study.

A
2007 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine reported that a full spectrum of common sleep disorders occurs in patients with chronic TBI – including obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, hypersomnia, narcolepsy, periodic limb movements and parasomnias such as REM sleep behavior disorder.

A clinical workshop is a forum for clinicians to review and discuss clinical challenges in sleep medicine, or to present and discuss controversial clinical topics and difficult clinical situations. Over the next three days there will be seven clinical workshops at SLEEP 2009.

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