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Concussions & Sleep

2021 Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know?

A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Many people who have had a concussion also suffer from sleep disturbances, which may lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, poor school and work performance, and an increased risk of accidents.

  • Adolescents who perceive that their sleep is somehow disrupted after sport-related concussion may report an increase of symptoms during their recovery. In addition, sleeping more than normal may identify an individual who continues to be actively recovering from a concussion.
  • Compared to males, females reported higher levels of sleep disturbance after a single concussion. Females also reported more headaches and mood changes requiring medical treatment.
  • Sleep disturbance is more strongly correlated with cognitive dysfunction in females compared to males.
  • Sleeping less than normal may indicate longer duration of concussion symptoms.
  • The correlation between sleep disturbance and cognitive function, gets stronger after repeated concussions.
  • The most common sleep related symptoms following a concussion are:
    • Sleeping less than normal (less than 7 hours).
    • Sleeping more than normal (9-10 hours).
    • Difficulty falling asleep.

If you or a loved one have sustained a concussion, we can help! Pivot Physical Therapy has over 500 Physical Therapists who can provide extensive diagnosis, management, and treatment of concussions. We understand every concussion is significant, unique, and potentially complex. To accelerate your road to recovery, call a clinic near you and ask about Pivot’s Concussion Rehabilitation & Management services.

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