A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully but for some people symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer.
During the weeks following the head injury, it is not unusual for individuals to have problems with thinking, heightened irritability, disruption of sleep, dizziness and a headache. During the recovery period, obtaining a consolidated sleep is paramount and therefore the individual should avoid alcoholic beverages near bedtime. In general, the individual will be more sensitive to the side-effects of medications and mind-altering substances in general so these should be minimized or avoided during the daytime as worsening inattention could lead to another accident. Discuss with your physician what job or recreational activities would be appropriate and safe while you recover from your concussion.
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