Improving your sleep

Fatigue and sleep problems are very common in patients with mild traumatic brain injury.

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For your recovery, it is important that you get a good night’s rest. If you are struggling to with this, here are some basic tips to help you sleep better:

Symptoms of mild head injury can make daily activities feel effortful or even overwhelming, leading you to feel more tired than you usually would. This is normal and will improve over time. Keep in mind that that too much rest, such as spending whole days in bed, is not helpful for the sort of fatigue that you can get after a mild head injury.

Further Reading

Here you can find an article written by Professor Colin Espie on How to Improve Your Sleep, published in the Guardian.

Moodjuice Sleep Self Help Guide – Moodjuice is a website developed by Choose Life Falkirk and the Adult Clinical Psychology Service, NHS Forth Valley. They have a very helpful self help guide to help you cope with sleeping problems.

The Sleep Council – The Sleep Council is a website funded by the trade association for British bed manufacturers. They aim to raise awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing and provide advice and tips on how to improve sleep quality.

Sleeping Problems Self Help Guide – On the website of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, a wide range of self help leaflets is offered. This one contains information on sleep and sleep problems and describes healthy sleep habits.