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Doctor insights on: What Happens When You Fall Asleep With A Concussion

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Could you tell me what happens when you fall asleep with a concussion?

Could you tell me what happens when you fall asleep with a concussion?

Not too much: While in the past, it was suggested to keep a person with a concussion awake, at the present time, with a good exam it is no longer necessary. Many folks who have had a concussion come to medical attention one or two days after thier event, with no problem. ...Read more

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Concussion (Definition)

An injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered ...Read more


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I here people say you don't fall asleep if you may have a concussion because you may die and what I want to know is how does it physically kill you?

I here people say you don't fall asleep if you may have a concussion because you may die and what I want to know is how does it physically kill you?

Not true: Of course, at some point everyone who has a concussion goes to sleep; and obviously the vast, vast majority do not die. What we are trying to watch out for in all people who have had a head injury, is a declining mental status which could be a sign of a more serious injury than a concussion such as a head bleed, and that could potentially kill you. ...Read more

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I suffered a concussion in February and still have symptoms. I went to a party today and had sex. While we were having sex I almost past out. And now I have a big headache. Now I am scared to fall asleep as I think I won't wake up?

I suffered a concussion in February and still have symptoms. I went to a party today and had sex. While we were having sex I almost past out. And now I have a big headache. Now I am scared to fall asleep as I think I won't wake up?

Brain Rest Needed: It sounds like Post Concussion Syndrome with which it is not rare to have symptoms w/ increased pulse or blood pressure and/or w/strenuous activity. Activities at the party may have worsened this: drinking, drugs, caffiene, missing sleep, anxiety, loud music (for some), prolonged activity. It sounds like this is very unusual for you — I suggest you see a doctor if you are not feeling better. ...Read more

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Hit the back of my head two days ago, no signs of concussion, went to the ER, doc said I was fine. However, afraid to fall asleep, am I safe to?

Hit the back of my head two days ago, no signs of concussion, went to the ER, doc said I was fine. However, afraid to fall asleep, am I safe to?

Probably safe.: The first 24 hours after any head injury require frequent evaluation (usually every 2 hours) for signs of head injury. If you have not had any symptoms of concussion, you are likely fine. However, there can be delayed consequences up to a month after, but this is rare. Not sleeping will certainly not help. If you have symptoms of concussion later get seen. No contact sports for a week, minimum ...Read more

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Not sleeping well lately- can't fall or stay asleep... Is "calms forte" a safe sleep aid? Currently taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally for a concussion.

Not sleeping well lately- can't fall or stay asleep... Is "calms forte" a safe sleep aid? Currently taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally for a concussion.

Neuropsych eval: Get a neuropsychological evaluation from a neuropsychologist board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology to assess what areas of the brain have been effected by the concussion and how it factors into current sleep loss. ...Read more

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Ever since I had a grade 2 concussion when I was 3 I had fevers at random and seizures throughout the night when im asleep will it go away? Help?

Ever since I had a grade 2 concussion when I was 3 I had fevers at random and seizures throughout the night when im asleep will it go away? Help?

Be seen: If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy you should follow up with your neurologist for further evaluation. Nocturnal seizures may be related to other issues and should be followed closely. Workup of fevers should also be evaluated as well. Please see your health care provider to help create a diagnostic and potential treatment plan as necessary. ...Read more

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Mild concussion from hitting, my head last week, (not k/o). No trouble falling asleep, but waking up after 3-4 hrs. Why? Anything I can do to fix it?

Mild concussion from hitting, my head last week, (not k/o). No trouble falling asleep, but waking up after 3-4 hrs. Why? Anything I can do to fix it?

Difficulty falling: Asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see doc about concussion who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. Peace&health. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you have a concussion and then go to sleep?

Could you tell me what happens when you have a concussion and then go to sleep?

Depends: If the trauma that caused you to sustain a concusion also caused a slow bleeding into your brain or (sub dural area of your brain), then it could progress to something very serious. If you fell asleep, there would be no way of knowing if you were getting more disoriented or unresponsive, so it usually recommended to saty awake and be checked on regularly within the (at least)first 24h after. ...Read more

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I have a concussion and I've been sleeping more is that normal?

I have a concussion and I've been sleeping more is that normal?

Not unique: Post concessional issues include change in sleep patterns. Typically, the post-concussional issues are done by about 4-6 weeks following the trauma. ...Read more

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Me and my boyfriend were sleeping and he accidentally rolled over and hit me on the top of my head. Will this cause a concussion?

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Me and my boyfriend were sleeping and he accidentally rolled over and hit me on the top of my head. Will this cause a concussion?

Concussion?: Concussion symptoms occur rapidly after an injury, & can include headache, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, lack of balance, confusion, visual changes. They subside within a week. If u r alert & oriented & in no distress, u r fine. ...Read more

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If I'm in the same room as someone with a concussion and I'm watching tv but they're sleeping, is that ok?

If I'm in the same room as someone with a concussion and I'm watching tv but they're sleeping, is that ok?

Best not to: It's important for patients with concussion to recover from their injury. The process takes 2-3 months and adequate sleep is very important. Proper sleep hygiene involves being in a quite room. ...Read more

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I hit my head a couple times on a metal top of a checkers board game. I think I have a concussion but not sure and I'm not sure if I should go to sleep. What should I do?

I hit my head a couple times on a metal top of a checkers board game. I think I have a concussion but not sure and I'm not sure if I should go to sleep. What should I do?

Hello. : Hello. Symptoms of a concussion can include: headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion, blurred vision, slurred speech, weakness, feeling dazed, numbness, lack of coordination, problems with short term memory, dizziness as well as repeating things over and over. You can develop a concussion with or without loss of consciousness. If you have these types of symptoms, recommend that you see a doctor. If not, allow yourself to get the sleep you need. ...Read more

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Why do people get sleepy after gettinga concussion and why do doctors generally tell you to not go to sleep after a concussion?

Why do people get sleepy after gettinga concussion and why do doctors generally tell you to not go to sleep after a concussion?

Brain swelling: Uncontrollable sleepiness/ grogginess, along with severe nausea are signs that the brain may be swelling or that there may be a bleed within the brain. It is important to frequently assess the injured person for such changes (which requires waking them) in the first 12 hours or so after a head injury since they would signal a need for medical re-evaluation and possibly even surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Son 16 had major concussion last may. Past 5 months he's been very fatigued and unable to stay awake sleeping 13+ hrs a day. Is this a delay reaction?

Usually no: "Delayed reaction" to a concussion. If he had similar symptoms at the time that resolved then think of something else. On the other hand if the concussion was severe enough and went undiagnosed and treated effectively then this could represent the continuing effects. See your doctor first and follow advice. ...Read more

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Could I have a concussion? Fell last week and sprained ankle, have had balance problems since. Noticed head is sore. Been sleeping a lot.

Could I have a concussion? Fell last week and sprained ankle, have had balance problems since. Noticed head is sore. Been sleeping a lot.

Yes: If you hit your head or had a rapid "whiplash" type mechanism during your fall, then you could have a concussion. Headache, fatigue, dizziness, balance problems, light & noise sensitivity, memory or concentration problems are the most common post-concussion symptoms. Brain & body rest are the keys to recovery in the first 1-2 weeks. No activities now that could result in another blow to the head. ...Read more

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Is a cancer death painfull? How would it happen would you just fall asleep?

Is a cancer death painfull? How would it happen would you just fall asleep?

Varies: My other colleague answered your question well so I will not repeat it. I'm concerned about you, though. I see a lot of questions regarding cancer coming from you. Anybody in your family with this? If so, I am very sorry but if this is just being worried about things, please don't. At your age this would be exceedingly rare and I hate to see someone not enjoy the gift of life because of worries. ...Read more

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What happens if you take ritalin (methylphenidate) at night? Can you still fall asleep.

What happens if you take ritalin (methylphenidate) at night?  Can you still fall asleep.

Ritalin (methylphenidate): If high dose or if you took another dose earlier in the day, insomnia is likely. Advice not to take stimulants later than 4 P.M., unless you work evenings & sleep in daytime. ...Read more

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When I ride bus after 5 min I feel sleepy and fall asleep, Why this happens even I slept all night? Please help?

When I ride bus after 5 min I feel sleepy and fall asleep, Why this happens even I slept all night? Please help?

Motion/heat: You are not alone....back in grad school the best naps I ever had was when I rode the bus. Due to the constant mild motion, monotone sound and the heat of the bus I would slowing drift away. It's kind of the same thing as white noise, noise cancelling headphones or who babies are calmed to sleep via slight motion combo with shushing sounds. Same thing can happen on long car rides. No worries ...Read more

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Why do I feel like getting sick until I get awake. a my pulse is really low. Every time I fall asleep this happens.?

Why do I feel like getting sick until I get awake. a my pulse is really low.  Every time I fall asleep this happens.?

Low blood pressure: Check your blood pressure which is low it gets even lower at night or when asleep. Either way get a thorough physical exam to check the state of your heart ...Read more

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I can't fall asleep and I tried warm milk... I don't have any disorders and this happens very rarely to me. What can I do?

I can't fall asleep and I tried warm milk... I don't have any disorders and this happens very rarely to me. What can I do?

Lots of things!!: Start a specific "sleep time" routine. Make your bedroom a "sleeping only" area (do not read, watch TV, etc.). Avoid any alcohol and long-term use of sleep aids. Take a warm bath to relax prior to going to bed. Consider starting an exercise program or using other aids (electric blanket, earplugs, or an eye mask...) Avoid caffeine. Avoid "screen time" too close to bedtime. Try melatonin. Take Care ...Read more

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I bite my tongue when I fall asleep sitting up, but not when I lay down. It doesn't really hurt, is it bad that this happens?

I bite my tongue when I fall asleep sitting up, but not when I lay down. It doesn't really hurt, is it bad that this happens?

Of course; as stated: Tongue biting, especially repetitive, is clear pain-inducing, body-destructive, self attack. Two issues: (a) What is happening in your mind to drive this behavior while asleep in sitting position & (b) what & how much damage occurs each time along with how well (or not) the results of healing (never fully duplicating original anatomic structure/function before injury). ...Read more

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Uncomfortable butterfly feeling when trying to fall asleep? It would even happen when sleeping and i have to always move around.

Uncomfortable butterfly feeling when trying to fall asleep? It would even happen when sleeping and i have to always move around.

Restless sleeper: There are sleep disorders associated with restlessness like restless leg syndrome. I can't tell if this is what's going on with you but this is something I would discuss with your physician ...Read more

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What happens if your body is not sleeping I have not been sleepin for a whole week everytime I fall asleep my body jumps up and I can't breathe?

What happens if your body is not sleeping I have not been sleepin for a whole week everytime I fall asleep my body jumps up and I can't breathe?

Vicious circle: You sound edgy and lack of sleep makes that worse. You need some relaxation techniques and/or self-hypnosis, and/or transcendal meditation, and/or yoga. Vigourous exercise helps many people by distracting their mind and making them physically tired. Finally, a sleep aid may be helpful for short term relief to break the cycle. Talk it over with your doctor. Check the internet for the other things. ...Read more

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I fall asleep quite easily, but then I wake up half-way through my sleep, it happens at 4ish, I wake up for about 10 minutes then fall back to sleep?

I fall asleep quite easily, but then I wake up half-way through my sleep, it happens at 4ish, I wake up for about 10 minutes then fall back to sleep?

Hide clock: Practice good sleep hygiene. Excellent instructions are given by dr. Heidi fowler on this website or you may go to counselingservice. Vassar. Edu/docs/sleep%20hygeine%20...
For a two-page review of proper sleep habits. Your brain is becoming trained to wake up at 4 o'clock and then it develops into an obsession. By not being able to see what time you wake up your brain will go back to its normal pattern. You do not have a sleep disorder. You just have to turn your alarm clock around so that you can't see what time it is when you wake up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have been having sleep issues lately, but why now when I fall asleep and I am dreaming/awake I can't move and wake up? Happens often now and itsscary

Sleep paralysis: The way to get rid of the "scary" feeling is to see your doc. He/she MAY order a sleep study so you will know exactly what is going on. It may be minor but it may also need treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My kneecaps fall asleep and are extremely numb. It noticed it about 5-6 days ago. It only happens if I'm sitting down even if I'm extremely comfortable. They start to go numb within 10-15 minutes of sitting. I will constantly switch positions by either cr

My kneecaps fall asleep and are extremely numb. It noticed it about 5-6 days ago. It only happens if I'm sitting down even if I'm extremely comfortable. They start to go numb within 10-15 minutes of sitting. I will constantly switch positions by either cr

Possible lumbar disc: Sitting causes more pressure on the lumbar disc than standing. Since symptoms are bilateral the compression of sensory nerve roots at l3-4 is possible. Radiating pain is very frequent which is missing at this point in your case. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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I work 10 to 11 hours a day & I get usually 4 to 5 hours of sleep but at a certain time at night I fall asleep... Any help as to why this happens?

I work 10 to 11 hours a day & I get usually 4 to 5 hours of sleep but at a certain time at night I fall asleep... Any help as to why this happens?

Circadian clock: I believe first 4-5 hours of sleep a night is not enough, the first step to increase your sleeping time, second our circadian clock regulate the timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day. The circadian rhythm dips and rises at different times of the day, therefore you feels sleepy at specific time of the day or night like between 2-4 pm or 2-5 am. ...Read more