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Could sleep treatments help with recovery from a brain injury?


Whether it's at the workplace, in a motor vehicle, or on the property of another, residents in West Virginia are sometimes victims of accidents. While some of these incidents result in minor injuries, others cause victims to endure painful, serious, and even permanent injuries. Trauma to the head is particularly concerning. A traumatic brain injury or a TBI could result in permanent brain damage, causing an accident victim to suffer long-term disabilities.

While the aftermath of a TBI is likely to impact a victim for the rest of his or her life, there are various recovery and rehabilitation options available. In some cases, specific treatments could progress the healing process, helping victims overcome the effects and disabilities caused by a TBI. Deep sleep is considered a therapeutic solution that could benefit TBI victims.

Could sleep treatments help with recovery from a brain injury? Because sleep dysfunctions are often observed following a brain injury, it is proposed that sleep might help with the recovery process following a TBI. Deep sleep or increased slow-wave studies have shown beneficial effects in patients suffering strokes, Alzheimer's disease, and TBI's.

It is believed that the waste products and toxic agents released due to a brain injury are more effectively removed when slow-wave sleep is increased. Therefore, these treatments could help a victim avoid some of the serious health consequences often involved with a brain injury.

While sleep studies indicate that this could be an effective therapy for brain injury victims, this may not reduce or alleviate all the symptoms a victim suffers following a TBI. Therefore, it is likely that a victim will still require other forms of rehabilitation and therapy. Moreover, this deep sleep treatment may not treat or prevent disabilities associated with the brain injury from occurring.

When an individual suffers a brain injury in an accident, it is likely to greatly impact his or her life. If another party was negligent and caused the accident, that party could be held liable for the brain injury and other harms caused to the victim. A personal injury claim could help an accident victim recover compensation, aiding them in covering medical bills and other expenses related to the accident.

Source: Brainblogger.com, "Traumatic Brain Injury - Can Deep Sleep Be Neuroprotective?" Sara Adaes, April 1, 2016

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