SLEEP AND TBI
Sleep is important for brain injury recovery because it allows the brain to rest and heal. During sleep, the brain is able to repair and regenerate cells, and it also consolidates memories and processes new information.
Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on brain function and can hinder recovery from a brain injury. Sleep deprivation can impair cognitive function, such as memory, attention, and problem-solving abilities, and it can also affect mood and emotional regulation.
Additionally, sleep is important for the body's overall health and well-being. It helps to regulate the immune system, maintain physical health, and support proper growth and development.
Therefore, it is important for individuals with a brain injury to prioritize getting enough sleep in order to support their recovery process. This may involve establishing a consistent sleep routine, creating a comfortable sleep environment, and seeking medical treatment for any sleep-related issues.
Are you having trouble falling asleep at night? Or difficulty staying asleep through the night? It can be challenging to know when to seek help or when you may have a sleep disorder that requires treatment.
Read through the sleep assessment questions below to determine if visiting a sleep specialist is your best option.
Do you have morning headaches?
Are you unable to go to sleep and stay asleep at night?
Have you been told you constantly snore or occasionally stop breathing when you sleep?
Do you have trouble concentrating or fall asleep when you should generally be awake and alert?
Do you experience a "creepy or crawling" sensation in your legs or arms while awake or at rest?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, talk with your primary care provider to receive an initial sleep assessment.