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What is the natural history of insomnia in the 12 months after traumatic brain injury (TBI)? In the analysis of over 2,000 adults from a large cohort study, insomnia was common during the 12 months after TBI and should be assessed early in recovery.
I stared through a sand-crusted windshield. It was more of a film, wiped clear along the path of the wiper blades. A dirty blonde desert haze, matching the Humvee’s paint—not that weird orange-tinged tone oddly clinging to some of our vehicles.
Connor Martin talks about donating his brother Kevin Ash's brain for study. Kevin was a veteran and an athlete who began exhibiting personality changes and his family wanted to understand what had happened, even if it was after his death.
Sleep problems and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) share a complicated relationship, so for those experiencing or at risk for this double whammy, as well as for those treating patients, it’s important to understand how they can influence each other in a cycle. Learn the connection between PTSD and sleep, the different ways to approach treatment, the therapies available, and explore the connection between trauma and nightmares.
It’s time to put a label on one of my biggest fears as a brain injury survivor: Backsliding. Over the last couple of months, I began to fear that this was happening to me until another survivor shared with me that lack of sleep exacerbated brain injury symptoms. And in two ticks of a clock, the lightbulb went on over my head.
A study comparing depression rates in men and women one year after moderate or severe TBI shows no significant gender differences in depression symptom levels. But researchers did find different patterns of other symptoms.
"You can't sacrifice sleep for a protracted period of time and get away with it," says Dr. Anthony Panettiere. Extended lack of sleep can increase mood problems, risk of accidents, and sometimes cause medical issues like heart disease and dementia.