Study Reveals Low Levels of Melatonin in Those with Traumatic Brain Injury

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The Brain Injury Law Center is sharing the results of a recent study that indicate that those who have suffered from traumatic brain injury may in turn have lower levels of melatonin than the average person which impacts quality of sleep. The results showed that the healthy subjects produced more melatonin and spent more time in REM sleep than those with brain injuries.

A new study indicates that those who have suffer from traumatic brain injury may suffer from lower levels of melatonin on average impacting quality of sleep.

Published in the May 25, 2010, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, a study was conducted observing the sleep and melatonin levels of 23 people who had suffered from a traumatic brain injury an average of 14 months earlier and 23 healthy people.

The results showed that the healthy subjects produced more melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and other biological rhythms, than those who had suffered from traumatic brain injury. In addition, those with brain injuries did not spend as much time in REM sleep as the healthy individuals.

"These results suggest that the brain injury may disrupt the brain structures that regulate sleep, including the production of melatonin," says researcher Shantha Rajaratnam, PhD, of Monash University in Victoria, Australia.

For more information on this study to learn about the legal rights of those who have been involved in a traumatic brain injury causing accident that was no fault of their own, visit the Brain Injury Law Center website.

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Stephen M. Smith, founder of the Brain Injury Law Center, has been litigating traumatic brain injury and other catastrophic injury cases throughout the United States and the world for more than 35 years. He has proudly represented thousands of traumatic brain injury survivors and their families and regularly and consistently obtains numerous multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts nationwide. He obtained the largest mild traumatic brain injury settlements in South Carolina history and has the largest number of the largest verdicts and settlements in Virginia history.

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