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Photo of sleeping boyA stroke survivor may experience changes related to sleep. One of the biggest sleep-related issues that can develop after a stroke is sleep-related breathing disorders. Other common ways stroke affects sleep is changing sleep patterns, as in sleeping more during the day than at night, and insomnia.

Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

There are a number of specific conditions that involve pauses in breathing or not taking in enough oxygen. The most common disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. Read more about sleep-related breathing disorders.

Sleep-Wake Cycle Disorders

Any change to a stroke survivor’s normal sleep cycle is a sleep-wake cycle disorder. The symptoms are commonly experienced as a result of jet lag. Read more about sleep-wake cycle disorders.


Insomnia describes not being able to fall or stay asleep. Failing to get enough sleep can cause setbacks in post-stroke recovery. Read more about insomnia.

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Content Updated: August 2012

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