Enhancing Sleep After Brain Injury Reduces Brain Damage and Cognitive Decline in Rats


Molecular waste products build up in the brain after head injury. Recent studies indicate the brain clears out this molecular buildup during the slow-wave stage of sleep where brain activity synchronizes into high-amplitude waves.

Researchers found that rats receiving treatments to enhance slow-wave sleep were better able to recognize familiar objects than the untreated rats.

While further study is needed, the work suggests slow-wave sleep administered immediately after a brain injury helps block axon damage and preserve normal brain function.

Very few effective treatments exist to mitigate the persistent impairment in memory and cognitive function. The study provides important evidence that manipulating sleep may be a promising avenue to enhance recovery after TBI.

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