Traumatic Brain Injury Can Lead to Sleep Disorders

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be serious and the repercussions of this injury sometimes take a while to surface.  According to the Brain Injury Association of America, past studies show that people who suffered brain injuries often experienced sleep difficulties.  These sleep problems ranged from not being able to fall asleep to having a hard time staying asleep.  It is unclear how many people are affected by sleep disorders following TBI.  One report showed that as many as 73 percent of traumatic brain injury victims have problems sleeping, while another report showed that only 27 percent were affected.

A sleep disorder can impact many aspects of your life and may impair your ability to process through information.  If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury and are having problems sleeping, you may notice difficulties with the following:

  • Memory
  • Attention span
  • Thought process

A more recent study of 87 individuals who had mild, moderate and severe brain injuries found that 37 percent were experiencing sleep difficulties.  What was intriguing is that people who had mild brain injuries appeared to have more symptoms of sleep disorders than those who suffered moderate and severe brain injuries.

Researchers concluded that there was a link between sleep problems and executive functioning, which includes memory, problem solving, thought flexibility, decision making skills and judgment.

If you or someone you love has suffered from traumatic brain injury resulting from a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle crash, slip and fall or other catastrophic event, you may be entitled to compensation.  When an injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, you can and should hold that person accountable.  Steinberg Injury Lawyers will be able to explain your rights and your legal options.  Contact one of our experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyers today at 800-350-8888 for a free consultation.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982