Research Finds Link Between Brain Injury and Poor Sleep in Children

Dr. Kimberly AllenDoes traumatic brain injury (TBI) lead to sleep difficulties later on for children?  That's what a group of researchers led by Kimberly Allen, at the Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research at UIC's College of Nursing found.  The team of researchers examined data from 30 children, half with TBI and half without.

Results, explained in an article by the University Herald, showed "that children with TBI were more likely to experience greater daytime sleepiness, sleep disturbances and a poorer overall sleep quality."  An article in the Medical Daily also following the research, quotes Allen, "We were surprised that children with a TBI experienced persistent increases in daytime sleepiness and decreases in sleep quality compared to healthy children."

Dr. Allen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science in UIC's College of Nursing.  The Center for Narcolepsy serves as an important source of sleep science, research and health expertise.

The research abstract was recently published in an online supplement of the journal Sleep (link).  It was also presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, SLEEP 2015, in Seattle on June 8th, 2015.