Research Reports - Sleep and psychiatric disorders in persons with mild traumatic brain injury

Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017 Aug;19(8):47. doi: 10.1007/s11920-017-0800-z.

Mollayeva T(1)(2)(3), D'Souza A(4), Mollayeva S(5).

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) frequently challenges the integrity of sleep
function by affecting multiple brain areas implicated in controlling the switch
between wakefulness and sleep and those involved in circadian and homeostatic
processes; the malfunction of each causes a variety of disorders. In this review,
we discuss recent data on the dynamics between disorders of sleep and
mental/psychiatric disorders in persons with mTBI. This analysis sets the stage
for understanding how a variety of physiological, emotional and environmental
influences affect sleep and mental activities after injury to the brain.
Consideration of the intricate links between sleep and mental functions in future
research can increase understanding on the underlying mechanisms of sleep-related
and psychiatric comorbidity in mTBI.

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