Kenneth Goldblatt | October 20, 2018 | Personal Injury
Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year in the United States, with 1.4 million seeking treatment, 250,000 hospitalizations, and 50,000 deaths. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury comprises the majority of cases (70%-90%).
Sleep disturbances occur with increased frequency in patients with Traumatic Brain Injury compared with the general population. Subjective complaints of sleep/wake disturbances are exceedingly common, with sleep fragmentation, insomnia, impaired daytime functioning, or hypersomnolence reported in 46%-98% of patients. Objective sleep/wake disturbances have been observed in up to 72.5% of these patients. When present, sleep disturbances can adversely affect outcomes.
A study evaluated 96 patients 4 days after injury, and 65 individuals were reevaluated 6 months later. All individuals underwent comprehensive evaluations, including subjective questionnaires, neuroimaging, laboratory studies, and objective measures of sleep, including overnight polysomnography, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance of wakefulness testing, and actigraphy. Daytime somnolence was reported in 28% of the cohort. The majority of patients (72%) developed new sleep disorders after their injury. Objective criteria for posttraumatic hypersomnia were met in 22% of participants.
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