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Insomnia after a stroke – our common trouble.

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Well, unfortunately. Stroke survivors, in this sphere, are in the doghouse too. Insomnia after a stroke is more common than among healthy people.

Who would have expected? ; )

You know what? I am writing this text at 5 a.m., so there is a grain of truth in it. : )

It`s our tough luck. At last, you have a little time to sleep off toils of life after a stroke and over half of us suffer from insomnia. Studies have shown that stroke survivors generally:

  • fall asleep with more difficulty (mememe!)
  • wake up more often (also me!)
  • suffer from a lower quality of sleep (probably me…
  • fall asleep for a nap harder (is it me?).

Ok, I admit. I had problems with sleep before the stroke too. But periodical. Now, if I sleep through the night, I jump (mentally of course ;p) with joy.

bed, łóżkoThe studies mentioned in this article, unfortunately, indicate that stroke survivors suffer from this problem for a long time.

Obviously, insomnia lowers cognitive skills of learning, remembering, orientating in space… Of everybody. But forgive me – stroke survivors have more serious troubles with it. Just let me haggle.

Insomnia is a nightmare also for the „healthy” (well, insomnia is an illness too…). Everyone who has happened to sleep badly a few nights in a row knows what torment it is. For a person after a stroke, it is even doubly harder.

Why? Because our brains and bodies use enormous amounts of energy to learn various things and function normally. And everything rebuilds and rests during a sleep.  But lack of a (good) sleep, unfortunately, allows neither to regenerate at night nor to rest properly.

Perhaps it is another brick for just being sleepy during a great part of a day. The studies also indicate that, damn, insomnia after a stroke causes more difficulties in taking naps. Continue reading