To continue on brain injury awareness month, here is something so critical to brain injury recovery and living with brain injury that I thought I would share.
Sleep is the most important part of my brain injury recovery. Sleep is also just important in general, but before brain injury I definitely did not need it to function, I did not fall apart or have outbursts because of a lack of it. It’s just different now. But knowing what I know now, I wish pre TBI I would have treated it as important as it is.
But now, oh my gosh. I have been woken up by the dog 2 nights in a row a couple weeks ago, my husband usually got up and I was losing it. I legit freaked out. I told him I wanted to move out, that he was doing this on purpose and it spiraled from there.
I wake up tired daily. I never feel that sleep has helped me. But when I don’t get my normal sleep from 9pm to 7-730AM and I sleep like a rock normally, I am a scary person to wake up too. My dogs are scared, my husband is scared, I am scared.
Sleep is just so crucial for me since brain injury, I cannot control how I react, I become raged when woken up and do not function well with a lack of sleep. Wrote this on a Monday, not stoked for this to be the start to my week.
My solution to that was one I am so extremely lucky to have an option to do. My husband took me to his dads beach house where I spent 3 days and 2 nights alone and with uninterrupted sleep to catch up and get back on track. I did this right before my disability hearing and it was much needed! So grateful to have had that opportunity to rest and refocus.
Sleep is a must for my dog too 💚💚💚💜