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Good sleep is crucial to both physical and psychological health, and it is more important than ever when recovering from a wound, illness, or injury. Quality sleep can reduce the risk of depression and PTSD, expedite recovery from a traumatic brain injury, and improve quality of life in those coping with cancer and cancer survivors. However, conditions such as TBI, PTSD, cancer, pain, and depression can lead to sleep disturbances, making lack of sleep a potentially vicious cycle [1-4]. We offer resources to help improve your sleep and understand when to get help from a professional.

Understanding the Relationship Between Sleep and Recovery

Tools to Help You Sleep

Additional Information and Tools


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2. Germain A. Sleep Disturbances as the Hallmark of PTSD: Where Are We Now? American Journal of Psychiatry. 2013;170(4):372-382. Accessed May 28, 2014.

3. Orff HJ, Ayalon L, Drummond SP. Traumatic brain injury and sleep disturbance: a review of current research. The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation. 2009;24(3):155-165. Accessed May 28, 2014.

4. Castriotta RJ, Wilde MC, Lai JM, Atanasov S, Masel BE, Kuna ST. Prevalence and Consequences of Sleep Disorders in Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of clinical sleep medicine: JCSM: official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.2007;3(4):349-356. Accessed May 28, 2014.

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