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After a concussion, there are a lot of common misconceptions about sleep. Mainly, is it safe to sleep following this mild traumatic brain injury? The answer is yes – it is okay to sleep after a concussion! This misconception stems from an out-of-date recommendation to wake the person up every hour to check on them. However, that is only if there is concern about the risk for a brain hemorrhage or bleed that wasn’t immediately apparent. If the person has been screened by a medical professional and he or she doesn’t have any red flags (i.e. a dramatic increase in headache, change in cognition, loss of balance, speech changes, etc.), then let them sleep!
Following a concussion, it’s critical that the brain gets rest to recover and help with symptom management. Normal sleep patterns are important for cognitive rest, but oftentimes after a concussion, It’s common for sleep habits to change. Some of these changes may include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, sleeping more than usual or sleeping less than usual. In order to help the brain re-regulate its sleep patterns, it is important to use good strategies to encourage healthy sleep habits.
That’s where sleep hygiene tips come in. Here are some suggestions to help improve your sleep:
If you or a loved one need help recovering from a concussion, ask your physician for a referral to our Total Concussion Care program.
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