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  • American Association for Justice
    As members of the AAJ, we are committed to promoting a fair, effective justice system that allows for victims of misconduct or negligence to obtain the justice they deserve.
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
    Members of the Rhode Island Association for Justice follow the organization’s mission: Working together to ensure equality.
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    The Rhode Island Bar Association has been working to uphold and protect federal and state laws since 1898, with an emphasis on maintaining a democratic government and honoring the justice system.
  • DC Bar
    Membership with the DC Bar provides us with access to legal research materials, professional service providers, and more that can be used for the benefit of our clients.
  • Super Lawyers
    Only 2.5% of attorneys in a given state are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars® list. Members must be aged 40 or younger, or be in practice for 10 years or less.
  • Distinguished Martindale Hubbell
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  • Brain Injury Association
    Our work with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is designed to provide information and services to survivors.
  • Brain Association of America
    As members of the Brain Injury Association of America, we are the voice of awareness, and we are here to help survivors.
  • Expertise Best Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    This is a society of multidisciplinary brain injury professionals who come together to discuss issues concerning brain injury and bring the science behind brain injuries into practice.
  • Melvin M Belli
    Lawyers are initiated into the Melvin M. Belli society by invitation-only and are considered to be distinguished trial lawyers.

Sleep Disturbances

Attorneys in Providence & Middletown, Serving Rhode Island

Sleep disturbances are one of the most common symptoms of traumatic brain injury. Studies show that up to 65 percent of individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury have symptoms associated with sleep disturbances.

Sleep is extremely important, as while sleeping the brain refreshes the connections that allow it to function and physically the body and muscles get the rest they need.

Some of the side effects of not getting sufficient sleep are:

  • Deepening depression and anxiety
  • Loss of sense of well-being
  • Lack of energy
  • Increased irritability
  • Increased fatigue
  • Increased lack of cognition and concentration

Traumatic brain injuries can cause sleep disturbances with the above side effects which greatly multiply the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.

Sleep disturbances that can occur following traumatic brain injury are as follows:

  • Insomnia — Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and drowsiness
  • Mixing up sleep patterns
  • Narcolepsy — Falling asleep uncontrollably during the day

Traumatic brain injury can cause these sleep disturbances in many ways including:

  • Brain injuries which may not be able to tell the body to fall asleep or wake up due to chemical changes
  • Loss of the brain's ability to control breathing causing sleep apnea
  • The use of medications taken following the brain injury which may cause problems going to sleep or staying asleep
  • Sleeping during the day and physical inactivity
  • Pain
  • Depression

Here are ways to improve sleep following a traumatic brain injury:

  • Follow a schedule using an alarm to wake up the same time each day
  • Get enough exercise and physical activity
  • Avoid excessive napping during the day
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine
  • Review medications with your physician
  • Transcranial light therapy

Studies have shown that light emitting diodes (LED) is a promising tool for neurorehabilitation. LED is a painless, nonthermal treatment that helps cellular function of injured brain cells

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