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How Car Accident Related TBIs can Impact Your Sleep

When you suffer a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a car accident, the most recommended treatment is to get rest. However, if you have suffered a TBI, you may find that it is impossible or extremely challenging to get the right amount of rest.

This may lead to a vicious cycle of trying to recover and cases of severe pain. TBIs can leave severe impacts on your ability to sleep well because the part of your brain that is responsible for regulating your sleep cycle was damaged when the accident occurred.

Almost half of all people who are treated for a TBI also experience sleep disturbance of some type because of the injury. Any level of sleep disturbance can be damaging for a person, especially if they are trying to recover from a car accident.

If you have suffered an injury in a Florida car accident, it can be quite difficult to recover. It is also difficult to figure out what to do next. This is when a personal injury attorney’s services can be beneficial. Depending on where in your brain the injury occurred, you may be subject to several sleeping issues. While some may heal over time, others may be permanent. An attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Common Sleep Disorders Related to a TBI

Some of the most common sleep disorders related to a TBI can be found here.


This is the opposite of insomnia, which you are likely familiar with. It makes it hard for a person to wake up, even after they have gotten a full night’s sleep. It may lead to fogginess during the day, or other impairments that make it hard to get through the day. It can also impact their ability to heal after a TBI.


The inability to sleep is a challenge for anyone; however, can be particularly challenging for someone who is trying to recover after a TBI. After a concussion or brain injury occurs, most people feel extremely fatigued. In some cases, insomnia can be treated with medication.

Sleep Apnea

This is a disorder that is characterized by the inability to breathe properly while asleep. The severity of the condition usually depends on a person’s individual circumstances, but they are likely going to wake up in the middle of the night feeling like they are choking or suffocating. The person may also snore loudly.

Post Traumatic Narcolepsy

The longest lasting sleep disorder that may occur after a TBI is post-traumatic narcolepsy. This disorder may have several ramifications. The absolute necessity to sleep several times throughout the day, with no warning of the growing tiredness can cause many problems.

If you have suffered a TBI after a car accident and find that your ability to sleep has been affected, then you may be able to recover compensation. It is best to work with a personal injury attorney to help determine if this is the case. If you have more questions, contact the personal injury attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez by calling 561-660-9421.

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