Sleep Changes Following Brain Injury

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One of the common areas of symptoms following traumatic brain injury is sleep issues. Sleep issues can be a variety of different types of sleep problems. It could be not being able to fall asleep, it could be sleeping too much. I once had a client that was diagnosed with narcolepsy after the traumatic brain injury and she would instantaneously fall asleep during the day. Restless leg syndrome is a common symptom following traumatic brain injury.

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The pattern of sleep issues are not always the same, but if there’s any type of sleep disturbance following a traumatic brain injury, it likely is caused by the brain injury itself. When one is unable to sleep it can impact their entire life. They’re tired during the day. They may fall asleep during the day. They lack energy due to the sleep problems. There are a variety of different treatments. If hiring an experienced brain injury attorney, they will be able to guide you to get the right treatment in order to minimize the symptoms if not completely resolved.

Brain injury victims typically experience sleep changes after their injury. Common sleep changes following TBI can include the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Narcolepsy-suddenly go to sleep during the daytime
  • Sleeping less than usual
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Inconsistent sleep patterns

While the sleep disturbance alone can be debilitating and disabling, when combined with the Behavioral Symptoms, Cognitive Symptoms, and Physical Symptoms that typically result from Traumatic Brain Injury, there is oftentimes little doubt as to the global impact these changes have on all areas of the brain injury survivor’s life.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of someone’s negligence and is experiencing sleep changes following a brain injury, we strongly recommend you contact Randy Rozek today to learn about your rights, and then to get the professional legal expertise you need.