Have you ever wondered why you might be sleepy during the day or tired early in the evening?

Research now indicates that sleep problems may be due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) as first-time concussion victims appear to need more sleep than do healthy individuals.  In the United States, every year 1.7 million people experience TBI and evidence indicates that the numbers are increasing worldwide.

TBI xray                TIB pie chart

A TBI is an injury to the brain that can be caused by trauma – a blow or hit to the head. Often the impact injury is not realized or underestimated.  And, there are cases when individuals have no initial symptoms. While some of the more common symptoms of TBI – headache, dizziness, irritability, memory and vision problems – tend to subside after a few weeks, new research suggests that, although subtle, sleep problems can persist.  And, individuals with mild TBI were just as likely to have sleep problems as those with severe TBI.

Research from Switzerland indicates that post-traumatic sleep wake disturbances transform into a chronic state of disease in a majority of patients with TBI. If you have been injured and hit your head, you should seek medical attention to fully evaluate and diagnose the full nature of your injury.