A report from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) notes that 60% of people diagnosed with a TBI will experience difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. These sleep issues have been found in people with TBIs ranging from minor to severe; this is largely due to the fact that our brains are responsible for regulating sleep patterns (among many other functions), and TBIs can tamper with one’s circadian rhythm, or the 24-hour biological clock that tells us when it’s time to go to bed and time to get up.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a person experiences violent, physical trauma to their head or body. The trauma can be any kind of impact that jolts the head and body, including a physical object entering the brain tissue as a result of the trauma, such as shattered skull fragments or bullets. TBIs can be caused by a car accident, combat or warfare, physical violence, or sports.