A new study conducted recently has found that past victims of traumatic brain injuries have lower levels of melatonin – an issue that could disturb patients’ sleep for years to come.

Published in the American Academy of Neurology, the study followed about 50 people – half of which had recently suffered a traumatic brain injury and half of which had never experienced head trauma. Researchers found that those who had suffered from a traumatic brain injury over one year ago produce less that normal levels of the sleep hormone melatonin and that they on average spent less time in REM sleep – the type of sleep that is considered “restful.”

What does this mean for head injury victims in Virginia? It means that your quality of life might be affected at the time of your brain injury – and that sleep issues in the wake of your accidents could be related to TBI.