Relationship between spinal cord injury and sleep-disordered breathing

Takeaway

  • People with spinal cord injury (SCI) are more likely to develop sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and impaired cerebrovascular responsiveness.

Why this matters

  • People with SCI often experience fatigue and cerebrovascular disease, which may be caused by SDB; however, it is unknown what level and severity of injury is associated with chronic fatigue caused by SDB.

  • Treating SDB may improve mortality risk and quality of life in people with SCI.