The link between improved sleep and recovery from brain injury is strong, according to research published in Neurology. Better and more consistent sleep patterns were related to patients recovering from traumatic brain injury faster.
The findings show sleep is essential for the restoration of proper brain function. Poor sleep could be related to slower recovery. One researcher stated, “We know that sleep is necessary for the generation of new neurons and new connections between neurons in the brain.”
The implication of these findings could be important not only for parents of children who have special needs, but for all parents of young children.
There’s a huge amount of work the brain does at night during sleep. It works overtime to keep things running like a well-oiled machine! When traumatic brain injury occurs, there’s massive amounts of re-organization and cleaning up that has to happen. Of course, getting more rest will allow the brain to do this efficiently.
As increasing amount of research shows good sleep is essential for the developing brain, it must become a priority for all parents to teach their children good sleeping habits. Years of poor sleep during the most important years of brain development might be detrimental for a child’s happiness, growth and success in life.
Teaching good sleep habits for all children with special needs is not only possible, but a straightforward process. Having the guidance of a sleep consultant that understands your child’s needs makes it that much easier for parents like you!