Whiplash and Sleep Disturbances
posted: Mar 02, 2016.
Problems associated with sleep are quite common in people suffering from whiplash injuries. Studies have shown a rate as high as 69% in a group of patients who experienced whiplash due to a rear end auto accident. People often complain of frequent waking, difficulty getting comfortable, and insomnia. Sleep is a critical component to healing. Healing of all kinds relies on sleep so a lack of sleep can adversely affect one's healing time when they are plagued with a whiplash injury. On the other end of the spectrum, there are those that find that they are groggy and in need of more sleep when recovering from whiplash. There are various reasons for why sleep difficulties often accompany whiplash and post auto accident patients. First of all the pain itself obviously can be a source of disturbing sound sleep. Emotional stress causing anxiety and depression also can result in insomnia. Certain medications can alter sleep and more seriously Post Concussion Syndrome can have an impact.
Assistance can come in various forms. Chiropractic treatment can greatly assist in lowering pain levels from whiplash injuries due to auto accidents. It can also assist with anxiety and stress. Medications can also be used to help regulate sleep after a whiplash injury. Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax can help.