Sleep and Stroke: New Updates on Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Assessment, and Treatment

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Purpose of Review: This review aims to discuss the most recent data on sleep disorders and stroke, highlighting relevant findings for the practicing neurologist or health providers who encounter patients with sleep disorders and stroke. Recent Findings: Sleep apnea and abnormal sleep duration have the strongest association with stroke risk. Possible mechanisms include non-dipping of blood pressure during sleep, hypoxemia, or reoxygenation leading to sympathetic activation, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and impaired cerebral hemodynamics. Treatment studies suggest that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for sleep apnea could improve primary prevention of stroke, but data is equivocal for secondary prevention. However, CPAP could improve functional outcomes after stroke. Summary: Sleep disorders present an opportunity to improve stroke risk and functional outcomes. However, new strategies are needed to determine the patients at high-risk who would most likely benefit from targeted care. Novel methods for phenotyping sleep disorders could provide personalized stroke care to improve clinical outcomes and public health strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Sleep Medicine Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 15 2019


  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Positive airway pressure
  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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