Many of us suffered concussions when we were younger for one reason or another, and those of us who are old enough may remember some of the advice that we were given with regards to managing the healing process. We were told to avoid noisy environments. We were told to avoid situations where we were forced to think quickly and tax our brains at an unreasonable level. Finally, many of us were told to remain in environments where it was dark or at least not bright. That was basically the general approach to dealing with what are now called mild traumatic brain injuries.
In recent years, we have learned much about what it takes to diagnose and to treat traumatic brain injuries of different severities, and some of that learning has changed the way we have thought about this type of recovery. Based on the results of a recent study, it appears that we once again may need to review a general assumption regarding healing from concussions, and that assumption involves the use of bright lights.
Researchers at Harvard have recently completed a study that involved treating people who had suffered mild traumatic brain injuries with what is known as bright light therapy, and the subjects were people who had suffered at least one of these injuries in the past and who had also suffered from sleep pattern disturbances. The patients were exposed to bright lights every morning for six weeks in an attempt to help them get past the tendency for sleepiness during the day.
According to the results of the study, which were recently published in the health journal known as Sleep, the subjects experienced rapid and marked improvement with their sleep patterns and as a result experienced improvement in their overall recoveries from lingering symptoms. The theory behind the study was that sleep is one of the best healing tools from traumatic brain injuries because of the rest and regeneration that occurs in the brain, and that disrupted sleep patterns either slow or completely stall that healing.
It should be noted that the sample size for this study was relatively small, but the conclusions drawn by it have immediately led to calls for additional study of this type of therapy. The hope is that therapy that promotes healthy sleep patterns will be identified and that protocols will be established that provide patients with this benefit. If that does happen, the belief is that people who have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries will be able to heal faster and they will not experience as many long-term symptoms.
This study is interesting because it basically promotes the opposite of what people have heard for generations regarding the recovery from concussions. When we have handled cases as traumatic brain injury lawyers in the past, we have seen the struggles that people face when they fight to recover from this type of harm. If you or someone you love has been injured in this manner by someone else, contact the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.