When you sustain a traumatic brain injury or a concussion following a vehicle accident, one of the most commonly recommended treatments is to get rest. However, if you have recently sustained a TBI you may find that it is very challenging to get any sleep at night. This can even cause a difficult cycle of attempting to recover from significant pain. A traumatic brain injury has commonly been linked to serious impacts on your ability to sleep well especially if the portion of your brain responsible for regulating your sleep schedule was damaged during the accident.
Many people who have been involved in an accident don’t even know right away that they have suffered a traumatic brain injury. That’s because the adrenaline at the scene of the accident can mask your true symptoms. You might only realize that you have a traumatic brain injury after you’ve experienced symptoms at home and gone to the ER or to your doctor.
Approximately half of all individuals who are treated for a traumatic brain injury experience some kind of sleep disturbance as a result of the injury. Trying to recover from a car accident becomes extremely more complex when you’re also dealing with the negative impacts of not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep at night. You may be suffering from sleep problems such as;
- Post-traumatic narcolepsy
- Hyper somnolence
- Sleep apnea
If you find yourself in this situation, all the medical conditions tied to your original injury can lead to costly medical bills and additional stress for you. Consulting with an experienced San Diego car accident attorney is strongly recommended.