Suppose your sports-minded child just came home from a game of soccer with a concussion, and tells you that he or she is tired and wants to go to bed to sleep. But you're not sure if it's okay to be sleeping with a concussion. So, should you let your son or daughter go to sleep shortly after receiving a concussion?\r\n\r\nAccording to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), getting plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day is an important treatment for recovering from a concussion.\r\nWhat is a concussion?\r\nA concussion can result from a jarring (big movement) of the brain in any direction that causes its victim to lose consciousness and alertness. The severity of the concussion, which is a minor traumatic brain injury, may depend on how long the concussion sufferer remains unconscious. While concussions are most often heard about in relation to contact sport activities, they can also occur as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall. A concussion can result from a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head or upper body.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt's important to realize though that not all concussions involve a loss of consciousness. Sometimes an adult or child will experience a concussion without "passing out" or even realizing that he or she received a concussion. At other times, an individual may lose consciousness, but may complain of "seeing stars", whether white or black.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat are the symptoms of a concussion?\r\nThe symptoms of a concussion vary depending on the severity, which may range from mild (grade 1) to moderate (grade 2) to severe (grade 3). Concussion symptoms, which are typically temporary, can include:\r\n\r\n\tActing confused\r\n\tFeeling drowsy\r\n\tHeadache\r\n\tWaking difficulty\r\n\tNausea and vomiting\r\n\tLoss of consciousness\r\n\tSeeing stars or flashing lights\r\n\tMemory difficulties or amnesia\r\n\tJudgment and balance problems\r\n\tSlurred speech\r\n\tRinging in the ears\r\n\tSensitivity to noise and light\r\n\r\nConcussions incurred in infants and toddlers may be more difficult to recognize because they can't tell you their symptoms. However, non-verbal indications, such as tiring easily, being cranky or irritable, having temper tantrums, listlessness, disinterest in a beloved toy, unsteady walking, or change in sleeping are often clues that the child has a concussion.\r\n\r\nExtremely severe signs of concussion that require immediate medical attention include:\r\n\r\n\tConvulsions or seizures\r\n\tUnequal pupils or unusual movements of the eye\r\n\tConsciousness or alertness changes\r\n\tConfusion that is persistent\r\n\tVomiting repeatedly\r\n\tMuscles weakness on either or both sides\r\n\tProblems walking\r\n\r\nTreatment\r\nAs mentioned in the introduction, concussion sufferers are generally recommended rest, which includes getting plenty of quality sleep at night. According to the Mayo Clinic, rest is the ideal way to give the brain the ability to heal and recover, and both WebMD and the CDC, recommend getting plenty of sleep. Other things you can do, is to take a pain reliever such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen, depending on your doctor\u2019s orders. While recovering from a concussion, it's important to avoid activities that 1) require a lot of physical assertion and 2) require significant concentration.\r\nConcussion Recovery Time\r\nSome people recover from a mild concussion in a few others, while recovery from a moderate to severe concussion may take weeks, or even months. Fortunately, most people fully recover from a concussion.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog:\r\n\r\nLearn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene at <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/sleep-science\/sleeping-with-a-concussion\/">Plushbeds Green Sleep Blog<\/a>.