Should You Sleep after a Head Injury?
Is There Any Danger in Letting a Person Sleep after a Concussion or TBI?
After any type of blow to the head and often in the aftermath of a whiplash-type injury, one of the common symptoms is fatigue. Particularly with a mild traumatic brain injury, one of the commonly prescribed courses of treatment is rest. But it’s commonly understood that, when a person has sustained a concussion or a TBI, you need to keep them from falling asleep, as they may temporarily lose consciousness or even slip into a coma. Is that true? Is there any scientific evidence to support that common assumption?
Can Sleeping Make a Concussion or a Traumatic Brain Injury Worse?
There’s no scientific evidence to support that belief that a person who has suffered a concussion or other head injury should not be allowed to fall asleep. So why has that warning become common after a blow to the head? Most likely because it can make it far more difficult for family or medical professionals to observe some of the other telltale signs of a concussion or TBI, such as a seizure or loss of strength on one side of your body.
Are there situations, though, where you should try to prevent a person from falling asleep after a concussion or traumatic brain injury? Yes. If you observe any of the following in a person who has sustained a blow to the head, you should try to keep them awake until they have received treatment from a qualified medical professional:
- The person’s pupils are dilated
- The person cannot walk without loss of balance or other difficulty
- The person cannot engage in a normal conversation
In the aftermath of a head injury, you may experience changes in your sleep pattern, either finding it more difficult to stay awake or more difficult to fall asleep. Try to keep a regular schedule—don’t let yourself sleep during the day or at times when you wouldn’t normally sleep. Be willing to get a little more sleep than usual, but make certain you get up every day and engage in light activity.
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At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.