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.
Hats for Headway Day will take place on Friday 24 May 2019 though Headway North Cumbria will recognise the event during its Day Centre session on Monday 20 May 2019.
More details will follow in due course.