Healthy Sleep Plays Significant Role in Healing Traumatic Brain Injury

In a new study, published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, researchers, with the help of the novel technique that uses MRI developed by Oregon Health & Science University, find that healthy sleep plays a critical role in healing traumatic brain injury.Healthy Sleep Plays Significant Role in Healing Traumatic Brain Injury

Using the said MRI technique, the scientists were able to evaluate the enlargement of perivascular spaces surrounding blood vessels in the brain. Among 56 veterans, who participated in the study, those who slept poorly had more evidence of these enlarged spaces and more post-concussive symptoms.

Lead author Juan Piantino, M.D., MCR, assistant professor of pediatrics (neurology) in the OHSU School of Medicine and Doernbecher Children's Hospital, says: “This study suggests sleep may play an important role in clearing waste from the brain after traumatic brain injury -- and if you don't sleep very well, you might not clean your brain as efficiently.”

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