Why you shouldn’t go to sleep with a brain injury

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Brain injuries can often lead to fatigue and mental fog. Essentially, you’ll feel like you’re not functioning at as high of a level as you are used to. It naturally makes you feel like you want to go to sleep as if this will help you recover from the injury.

However, experts often say that you should not sleep if you think you’ve suffered a brain injury and that people taking care of you should attempt to keep you awake after the incident occurs. We know that sleep can help with healing, and it is often recommended for other types of injuries and diseases, so why are you not supposed to sleep with a brain injury?

You can no longer see the symptoms

The risk isn’t necessarily the sleep itself. You’re not going to go to sleep and then cause yourself to fall into a coma or something of this nature.

The issue, however, is that if you have a severe injury that is going to lead to a coma, a seizure or something of this nature, no one is going to see your symptoms progressing if you are asleep. This is why people sometimes go to sleep and never wake up again. The sleep didn’t cause them to have such a serious condition, but it did mean that nobody noticed that they were going to lose consciousness until they did. This can significantly delay treatment, perhaps to the point that there is nothing more that can be done.

Moving forward after a brain injury

With the right treatment and knowledge, there can be a significant amount of healing from a brain injury. Make sure you know how to move forward and what rights you have to seek financial compensation if someone else caused the injury.


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