Difficulty sleeping is one of the most common complaints of survivors of brain injury, especially among adults and veterans. Getting a good night's sleep helps the recovery of survivors of brain injury, and if not attained, can affect their quality of life.
This tip card helps adult and veteran survivors of brain injury learn how to deal with sleep disorders, like insomnia and narcolepsy. Just thinking about the night ahead can be exhausting and stressful for survivors. Sleep disorders can affect all aspects of survivors' lives - at home, at school and on the job. Sleep disorders can also affect cognitive, physical, behavioral and emotional skills and reactions of survivors and affect relationships with family, caregivers, and friends.
Marilyn Lash, M.S.W.
Ms. Lash has over 35 years of experience working with persons with disabilities and their families in medical, rehabilitation, educational and vocational settings. Currently, she is President at Lash and Associates Publishing/Training, Inc. in Wake Forest, NC. Author of many publications on the psychosocial impact of brain injury, her writing and training emphasize coping strategies for families and practical interventions by professionals and educators in hospitals, rehabilitation, schools and community programs.
Trained as a social worker at Boston University School of Social work, she has done clinical work as well as program development. While at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, she was Training Director at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Childhood Trauma. She continues to be an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tufts University School of Medicine.
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Let's face it, we all multitask and try to accomplish many things in a day. For some people, it is normal for to fall asleep around 11 or 12 every night, and sometimes later. Some like to stay up and text or talk on the phone. Others like to work on the computer. Night time is when a lot of people feel they are at their prime. But after a brain injury, getting a good night's sleep is vitally important for a person's recovery.
Trouble sleeping is a common complaint of people after brain injury. It can occur after injuries ranging from mild to severe. Sleep disorders can affect everything from a person's mood to the ability to concentrate. Difficulty sleeping can result in a person feeling more depressed, anxious, tired, and irritable. Difficulty sleeping can impair the person's ability to function at home, in school, or on the job. It can contribute to traffic accidents and injuries on the job. If not treated or managed properly, the survivor's quality of life can be affected. Survivors describe their changes in sleep as: