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Post Concussion Fatigue

Updated on June 30, 2013

Tips for Concussion Fatigue

Concussions are a silent epidemic. Many people are injured through sports, car accidents, falls, and in the military, causing a massive shift in various aspects of their lives.

While healing from a concussion, many have gone through days of nausea, extreme exhaustion, mood swings to say the least, and headaches. I have also been plagued with this uncomfortable feeling of exhaustion, even though I've rested for so many days I can't even imagine why I would need to rest anymore. The reality is, we need to rest more. Our brains take so much work to repair after getting "sprained", and anything having to do with thinking or worrying, doesn't exactly qualify as rest. It's important to accept that you have a concussion or post concussion syndrome, which requires learning a new way of taking care of your health, for your brain to heal.

Here are some tips that may help you with concussion fatigue:

  • Schedule times to deal with phone, email, mail, bills, legal, etc. A little block of time throughout the day, whatever works for you. But don't allow your day to be interrupted suddenly by any of these responsibilities. It helps to set aside specific time for these tasks, even if before you used to handle everything.
  • Sleep! Figure out what is needed for you to have a good nights sleep. For some people, all you want to do is sleep. Good! That's just what you need. For me, I had trouble sleeping. After months and months of late nights and early mornings, I started using some kind of white noise ocean sounds to help me sleep through the night and hide outside sounds. This changed my life; I used to wake up every time a truck would drive by streets away from my house! I also found a lot of help by taking supplements to support restful sleep, and scheduling sleep times. It took me over a year to realize that my sleep habits were very destructive to the healing of my concussion, and to remain consistent with my sleep schedule, but it has been well-worth it as now I sleep 8 hours per night, every night.
  • Eat! Is so important to feed your brain and body with the nutrients it needs to heal, survive, and thrive. This has been a key component of my healing. Look into foods and natural supplements for concussions and post concussion syndrome to help you get an idea of an easy, balanced nutrition and natural remedies. Schedule your mealtimes and make sure you're eating a balanced amount of whole foods each day. One of the most challenging parts of my recovery process is eating, but when I don't eat enough or the right foods, I find myself exhausted.
  • Reduce Stress. After going through somewhat of a traumatic experience as you discovered the challenges of your concussion, it's understandable that you would have great increases of stress. I know I sure did. What is important, is learning to recognize the causes of your stress and working with your perspective to reduce the amount of stress you are causing yourself when you are over-thinking. This takes work, but is beyond rewarding! Notice how a stressful conversation makes you feel afterwards--even more ready to hibernate, right? It's more work for our brains to deal with processing anything extra when the brain has a concussion and is working to heal.

Healing from a concussion takes time, patience, and sometimes big adjustments in our lives. In order to set ourselves up with the greatest chances of recovering from the fatigue and concussion symptoms, we can look to more of the basic rhythm of our life, work with nutrition and natural remedies, address any stresses we have, and remember to have be patient and gentle as we learn this new way of being.

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