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Sleep and stroke 

Sleep and stroke
Sleep and stroke

Mark Eric Dyken

, Kyoung Bin Im

, George B. Richerson

, and Deborah C. Lin-Dyken

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date: 30 November 2020

The study of stroke and sleep is in its infancy, as exemplified by the fact that polysomnography (PSG) has only recently been used to help confirm that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a stroke risk factor. There is a strong association between stroke and sleep problems, as stroke can cause, and also may result from, some sleep disorders. Symptoms of OSA, the most frequent and dangerous sleep problem associated with stroke, often suggest other primary sleep disorders. OSA should be the first concern, and, if diagnosed, positive airway pressure (PAP) and positional therapies are first-line treatments. If OSA is ruled out, good sleep hygiene through cognitive–behavioral techniques (cognitive, sleep restriction, stimulus control, and progressive relaxation therapies) are often recommended, as stroke patients are prone to the adverse effects of medications routinely used for sleep problems.

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