Whether you have been involved in a road traffic accident or have experienced a work-related incident, no matter the cause of your injury, in the case of a traumatic or upsetting event, psychological side effects such as sleep disturbance do occur.
What is sleep disturbance?
Sleep disturbance can be much more than a side effect of traumatic accidents, such as car collisions. It often affects victims in the form of a sleeping disorder, which in itself can be an intolerable condition.
More common sleep conditions include insomnia (where the victim finds great difficulty in getting to sleep and staying in slumber), night terrors and sleep walking/talking.
As well as coping with sleep disturbance, sufferers will find themselves in a catch 22 situation. As the situation has caused a sleep disorder, sleep deprivation can cause the other after-effects of an accident to worsen.
How to solve the problem
Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick and easy way to solve sleep disturbance. Some victims of car accidents and other incidents find that the following home remedies effective:
- Enforcing a bedtime pattern – i.e. warm bath, warm drink, book, bed
- Removing electronic items from the bedroom
- Using lavender oil or lavender scented product in your bath and on your pillows
- Specially created iPhone apps for sleep – often include a number of relaxing sounds
- Calming the body in bed – for example, imagining energy being released from toes, fingers and the head
When suggestions such as these do not work, it is advisable to see your GP, who will be able to recommend the best course of action to help with your issue.
Depending on the accident you suffered, this may include medication, counselling or simply a natural method of helping you get 40 winks.
Accident Advice Helpline
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So long as the accident in question occurred within the last three years and you are able to prove that you were in no way to blame, you may have a valid case for compensation.
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Date Published: February 5, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Psychological injury claims