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Brain Injury Awareness: Sleep Is So Important

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 💚💚💚💜

By jessymunch826

I am a TBI Survivor and woman who has been through a lot of good and bad. My goal by this blog is to share what I have learned and how life has happened for me and not to me. I have found purpose in it all and am here to share it. I am also sober and quitting drinking was the best choice for me. I will post about TBI, Brain Injury, life, travel, lessons learned and more. I am not a doctor or a nurse, I am a traumatic brain injury survivor who has lived 40 years of life and have an amazing mindset from it all. None of this is medical advice, that is what your doctor is for or 911 if you are having an true emergency and need help right away. I am here for community and to share all I have learned, you never know who it will help. Click on the white title of the blog post to read, just saying in case you might be confused like I am with all this 🤣

2 replies on “Brain Injury Awareness: Sleep Is So Important”

I know this is something so many struggle with after TBI. I am so lucky I sleep, but it’s insane how I never feel rested and then when I don’t get sleep I’m a scary person so I could not imagine!

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