Fatigue – or excessive tiredness – is one of the most commonly experienced effects of brain injury. Indeed, it is the most commonly cited effect of brain injury reported by the 11,000 callers to the Headway UK helpline each year.
Our brains control everything we do, think and feel. They are the control centre that dictates our actions and reactions, and the pace at which they happen. They are our batteries, recharged with sleep and rest. But after brain injury, these batteries drain far more quickly and therefore need recharging on a much more regular basis – often every few hours.
Added to this, sleep problems as a result of brain injury can make it more difficult to recharge and combat fatigue.
Fatigue can affect one’s recovery process and daily life. But as with many of the hidden effects of brain injury, ‘pathological fatigue’ can be widely misunderstood – not just by those around us, but even by the individuals themselves.
Through its Brain Drain campaign, Headway aims to give a voice to those affected, helping to raise awareness and break the stigma of brain injury-related fatigue.
Are you affected by fatigue after brain injury? Share your views!
Headway has launched a short online survey to help find out about the long-term ‘pathological’ fatigue (or extreme tiredness) that is sometimes caused by brain injury. This survey is open now and will close on 26 April 2019 with the results being published in May 2019
If you have sustained a brain injury and are affected by fatigue, please click the button below to complete the survey:
For those Headway North Cumbria members that wish to participate but will need help in completing the survey please contact Julian at the Day Centre who will assist as necessary.
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For those that do suffer from fatigue Headway offers advice on coping strategies. Please visit their website here: