Restoring Sleep Patterns Can Improve Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Restoring Sleep Patterns Can Improve Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Countless people suffer from traumatic brain injuries in Hawaii. Unfortunately, most will never regain their full mental or physical capacities. However, a new study conducted by the University of Montreal has shown encouraging signs that restoring sleep patterns is helping brain trauma victims improve and show signs of recovery.  The study was recently published in the journal Neurology and was based on 30 patients who were hospitalized for moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. The findings conclude that hospitals need to place a greater emphasis on helping patients restore their sleep patterns.

First, it is important to understand that catching up on z’s is not going to cure a person of their traumatic brain injury. The next logical question is how do doctors and nurses help their patients sleep better? The first option is to use sleep induced medication. Another more natural method is to expose patients to sunlight during the day and then provide a quiet, dark environment during the evenings.

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Secondly, it is also important to realize that not all types of sleep are the same. To help people with traumatic brain injuries maximize their improvement, it is important for them to experience regular patterns of REM sleep. Bad sleep can have the opposite effect. Patients that slept for a few minutes and then kept waking up repeatedly had lower levels of consciousness and cognitive function. The study also indicated there may be a connection of sleep disorders to cognitive changes in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. The study’ senior author Nadia Gosselin noticed that several patients with traumatic brain injuries were waking up at night and sleeping during the daytime. The patients in the study were people who had suffered brain injuries from motor vehicle accidents, falls or blows to the head. The subjects were then tested within two to four weeks after their injuries. Each was given devices on their wrist to track their sleep patterns.  The initial purpose of the study was to test whether renewed sleep patterns were the result of brain recovery. Instead, they discovered improved sleep and brain function often go together. The findings in the University of Montreal study are not necessarily revolutionary. But they are an important step in the right direction.

How a Hawaii Brain Trauma Injury Lawyer Can Help

The truth is not all personal injury cases are the same. Some require a higher level of expertise. Brain injuries are some the most devastating catastrophic injuries. It is a life-long condition with very little chance of cure. While many personal injury attorneys deal with people who have been injured in slip and falls victims who will eventually recover in time, a Hawaii catastrophic injury lawyer must find legal solutions for people who will require assistance for life. Many are unable to speak or communicate for themselves.

Contact a Hawaii Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Today

For more than 25 years, Jed Kurzban has devoted his career as a legal advocate for those who have suffered from devastating irreversible injuries. He understands the enormous challenges and obstacles victims along with family members and friends. He utilizes a compassionate and comprehensive approach to help protect the rights of each client and to look after their best interests. To learn more on how a Hawaii catastrophic injury lawyer can help, contact Jed Kurzban and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.