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The Utility of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Relieving Insomnia Symptoms and Sleep Disturbances Across Different Sleep Disorders: A Topical Review

SOURCE: Current Sleep Medicine Reports. (no pagination), 2023.


AUTHOR: Herrero Babiloni A.; Brazeau D.; De Koninck B.P.; Lavigne G.J.; De Beaumont L.

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present topical review aims to summarize the literature to give an overview of the clinical utility of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques to manage insomnia symptoms and other sleep disturbances.

RECENT FINDINGS: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial electric stimulation techniques have shown potential to manage sleep disturbances, although studies with robust double-blind controlled designs and larger samples are warranted to better support their use. In addition, other techniques such as transcranial random noise stimulation or transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation can be promising and merit attention in future research.

SUMMARY: The application of NIBS in sleep disorders is promising, but it is still an emerging research domain which requires exhaustive characterization with state-of-the-art sleep architecture investigation techniques such as in-laboratory or at-home polysomnography.

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40675-023-00254-9

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