News Release: New Tip Card on Sleep Disorders after Brain Injury

News Release

March 28, 2012

Youngsville, NC – SLEEP: After brain injury, is a new tip card by Lash and Associates Publishing/Training that discusses common sleep disorders like insomnia. It helps survivors of brain injury, including returning service members and veterans, understand the causes, symptoms and available treatments and provides tips and strategies for coping.

TBI and PTSD can cause sleep disorders.

TBI and PTSD can cause sleep disorders.

Sleep patterns often change after a brain injury. Sleep disorders are also common among service members with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Many survivors describe these changes in sleep:

• difficulty falling asleep easily

• trouble staying asleep throughout the night

• waking up very early in the morning and not falling back asleep

• falling asleep and awakening far later than desired

• purposely staying up late at night to get things done.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can make sleep disorders even more difficult for survivors and their families. The hyper-alertness of PTSD usually makes falling and staying asleep harder. “Getting a good night’s sleep is necessary in the recovery of all survivors of brain injury, and if not attained, can affect their quality of life – at home, at school and on the job,” says Dr. Bell. Dr. Backhaus adds, “Sleep disorders can also affect cognitive, physical, behavioral and emotional skills and can affect relationships with family, caregivers, and friends.”

Tips for managing sleep include:

  • avoiding alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and sugar after 4PM, or 5 hours before bed
  • avoiding exercise a couple of hours before bed
  • avoiding taking frequent naps during the day
  • avoiding taking sleep aids late at night.

This newly published brochure is a must-have for adults and veterans experiencing sleep disorders. For detailed information and prices on Sleep after Brain Injury go to

About Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc.

Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc. is the leading source of information on brain injury in children, adolescents, adults, and veterans. Find information on the symptoms, treatment, cognitive rehabilitation and recovery of individuals with brain injuries acquired due to trauma, blast injuries and concussions, at

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