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Verywell Health Quotes Dr. Vernon Williams: Research Shows Sleep Is a Critical Part of Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery


Key Takeaways

  • A study conducted by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University found that sleep may play a positive role in healing traumatic brain injuries.
  • Fragmented sleep may interfere with recovery from brain injuries and concussions.
  • To sleep better, people should avoid excessive alcohol, exercise, and screen time before going to bed.

Getting enough quality sleep at night is crucial for your overall health and wellbeing. And now, researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University found that sleep also plays an essential role in the healing of traumatic brain injuries.

In the February study, the researchers used MRIs on military veterans to observe the perivascular spaces that surround blood vessels in the brain. Enlargement of these spaces typically occurs in aging and is associated with the development of dementia.

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