Key Project Outcomes
Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the US with annual incidence of 800,000 and with over 5.8 million stroke survivors. We need new ways to help patients recover from their stroke. This study was designed to examine the role of a specific type of sleep (slow wave sleep) in post-stroke recovery. We found that in the area of the brain affected by stroke there is an initial decrease in slow wave sleep, but it then rebounds over the course of month. The next step is to see if this rebound in slow wave sleep is due the brain healing itself or sleep actively helping the brain recover. This research has the potential to clarify the basic mechanisms of how slow wave sleep regulates neuronal repair and recovery after stroke. Ultimately, this knowledge may identify novel therapies that could enhance recovery after stroke, which would greatly improve health for patients, reduce disability, and enrich quality of life.
SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE
Reduced non-rapid eye movement sleep is associated with tau pathology in early Alzheimer’s disease
Separability of calcium slow waves and functional connectivity during wake, sleep and anesthesia
Local slow wave sleep and post-stroke brain repair
Comparison of Home Sleep Apnea Testing and In-Laboratory Polysomnography at a Single Academic Outpatient Sleep Center