Persistent Sleep Trouble Common in Kids With Brain Injuries
Written by Edior   
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 03:24 PM
Quick Brief: Children with TBI have more disturbed sleep patterns than those without such injuries.


Children suffering traumatic brain injuries had more disturbed sleep patterns and more daytime sleepiness months later than their peers without such injuries, researchers reported.

Children with brain injury after falls, car wrecks, or other accidents posted a mean score of 8.1 on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale on the basis of parental report at least a month post injury, compared with a mean score of 4.9 in a matched control group. "The children with traumatic brain injury had significantly more daytime sleepiness," she said.

"These findings are not surprising. But, there is [little] research in this group of patients. We have theories that brain injuries affect sleep, but until we actually do the study we don't know that is true. We suspect that traumatic brain injury would affect sleep, and that is what these researchers have shown."

"As hypothesized, children with traumatic brain injury had increased daytime sleepiness, poorer sleep quality, and poorer functional status compared to healthy, typically developing matched controls based on parent report surveys." 

Traumatic brain injury is considered a chronic condition. There are persistent problems in adult patients with traumatic brain injury but we don't know very well what happens in pediatric patients.