Living with Changes in Fatigue and Sleep

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Download Living with Changes in Fatigue and Sleep. Part of the Brain Injury Series of booklets. Publication in pdf format (size : 755k)


Fatigue is the normal way our minds or bodies tell us to take a break after doing something tiring. It is very common to experience fatigue after a brain injury. Most people feel tired or can’t sleep sometimes. But the fatigue that some people experience after a brain injury can be different. It may not improve with rest and can last over some time. This booklet provides you with some general advice on managing changes in your levels of fatigue or difficulties with sleeping after brain injury.


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You can request a printed copy of this booklet using our contact form. Please specify which booklet you require. This booklet is part of the Brain Injury Series of booklets. The full pack of booklets together with organiser and folder is available for sale from our store.


Contributors and Sources

The authors were Headway Information and Support Team

Contributions by: Headway Psychology Team, Headway Rehabilitation staff team and Headway clients

Sources Used:

  • Powell, T. Head Injury – A Practical Guide. Speechmark, Brackley. (2004)
  • Daisley, et al. Head Injury – the Facts. Oxford, Oxford University Press. (2009)
  • Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Issue: Volume 27(3), May/June 2012, p 224-233 Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Wheatcroft, J and Malley D, Managing Fatigue after brain injury, Headway, Nottingham, (2008)
  • American Psychological Association (stress tips from )

Headway’s Information and Support Team would be happy to hear your feedback on this material. Please contact us on 1800 400 478 or email



Please note: we have done our best to provide information that is correct and up-to-date. However, we cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions. Everyone’s brain injury affects them differently. You should not consider this information as a substitute for getting advice from a doctor or other professional.

© Headway Ireland 2016. Next review due in 2018. You may download and print this booklet for personal or not-for-profit use. If you wish to reproduce any portion of this booklet, you must request permission from Headway Ireland by emailing or phoning 01 6040 800 within Ireland or 003531 6040 800 from outside Ireland.

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