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Can car accidents cause long-term sleeping problems?

| Mar 12, 2021 | Personal injury

It is no secret how damaging a car accident can be toward the victims of the accident. Catastrophic injuries can cause a victim to live with serious scars or burns, lose an arm or leg, or become paralyzed as a paraplegic or quadriplegic. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are an injury that can cause a wide range of consequences, including memory loss and cognitive skills deterioration.

How does a TBI affect sleep?

Because the brain controls the entire body, a TBI has the ability to influence how the brain performs that control. One of the ways a TBI can change things is by how a person sleeps. Researchers have noticed victims of TBIs suffer sleep issues such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Hypersomnia disorders
  • Movement disorders while sleeping
  • Breathing disorders while sleeping

A TBI can affect a victim’s ability to sleep and many other areas of their life by extension. Lack of good sleep can reduce a person’s ability to work, enjoy time with their loved ones, and can have other negative consequences to their health. Significant consequences like narcolepsy can prevent a person from doing tasks like performing a job entirely.

Do not ignore sleep issues

If you were in a car accident and are experiencing trouble sleeping, it may sign a traumatic brain injury. Be sure to consult with a doctor to confirm whether or not you suffered a traumatic brain injury after your accident. Spotting a TBI early can allow you to get the treatment you need to protect your health and take action to remedy the symptoms.