The Interface of Sleep and Traumatic Brain Injury

Dec. 16, 2016; 12-1 p.m. (ET)



Sleep disturbance inhibits neural remodeling and prolongs recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI) by impeding restorative processes that occur during sleep. It can impair cognition, social functioning, rehabilitation and return to work, and it can increase pain and irritability.

This presentation will discuss the pathophysiology of sleep disturbance. It will also compare the common challenges for concussion patients to the challenges for those with moderate or severe brain injuries. A clinical patient case approach will set the foundation for developing a targeted management strategy.

At the conclusion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • Differentiate between insomnia and hypersomnia after a TBI
  • Describe circadian and sleep quality issues after a TBI
  • Recognize sleep disturbance pathophysiology and its impact on TBI recovery


Michael S. Jaffee, M.D.
Vice-Chair, Department of Neurology Director, Trauma, Concussion, and Sports Neurology Program University of Florida Gainesville, Florida


Molly Sullan, M.S.
Graduate Student Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Neuropsychology College of Public Health and Health Professions University of Florida Gainesville, Florida

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