Spinal cord injuries after a crash can make sleeping difficult

On Behalf of | May 5, 2024 | Uncategorized |

A good night’s sleep is essential for everyone’s health and well-being. However, for individuals who have sustained spinal cord injuries (SCI) from car crashes, getting a restful night’s sleep can be a significant challenge.

The spinal cord is a communication highway between the brain and the body. This communication pathway is disrupted when a car accident damages the spinal cord. This disruption can trigger sleep problems.

How an SCI can cause restless nights

Pain is a common symptom of SCI, and it can be particularly bothersome at night. Sharp or chronic pain can make falling asleep and staying asleep difficult. Additionally, spasms in the muscles can be involuntary and very painful. They can happen anytime but are often worse at night, further disrupting sleep.

Some SCI injuries can cause spasticity, a condition that causes muscles to be constantly tight and contracted. This can make it challenging to be comfortable in bed.

Autonomic dysreflexia is another severe disorder that can happen to people with high-level SCIs. It triggers dangerously high blood pressure and other autonomic nervous system responses. Autonomic dysreflexia can be triggered by seemingly minor things, such as a full bladder, and it can disrupt one’s sleep significantly.

The emotional trauma of a car accident and the ongoing challenges of living with an SCI can lead to anxiety and depression. These psychological disorders can make it challenging to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Living with an SCI from a car crash comes with many challenges, and sleep disturbances can be a significant one. That’s just one of the reasons why individuals who sustain spinal cord injuries from car accidents should consider pursuing compensation for their injuries. Financial support can alleviate treatment costs and provide closure after such life-threatening injuries.