Why no sleep when you hit your head?

So my friend was working in the yard and hit his head on a board. He's got a huge knot and he's kinda tired. Why are you not supposed to sleep when your head though?
Answers:    The only real acute problem after hitting the head to watch for -and consequently patient should be woken up during the 1st night a few times, is a suspicion of an epidural hematoma. It is a bleed inside the skull. It usually requires high energy trauma like hit by a car and falling on asphalt or some such. Epidural hematoma can come in a few hours, is arterial, meaning:it won't stop until the pressure is above arterial pressure, meaning:it is usually lethal unless operated. BUT: it requires arterial damage, which often means skull fracture.SO getting one after hitting the head on a board would be extremely unlikely. But, if you feel insecure, wake up the patient every 3-4 hours during the 1st night-not needful afer that - and see that there is no increasing headache, confusion, problems in seeing, asymmetry in pupil size (new onset).

Subdural heamtomas are venous bleeds and come slower -so the symptoms like increasing headache, increasing confusion, motor deficits etc. will come in some days -weeks.So there is plenty of time to notice these. These are also very rare after low energy trauma in younger people -chronic subdural hematomas are more common in older people.
Concussion is a very vague term meaning some degree of damage to nerve tracts in brain.Degrees of damage vary a lot, often not easily estimated from the forces that hit the head. Most often there is not much that can be done to these -the symptoms will get better by time. If the patient was not unconscious at all and remembers everything both from before and after the trauma, I would not be very worried. The time of unconsciousness and the length of time not remembered before or after the trauma are used to gauge the severity of the incident.
The big bump outside skull can be unpleasant and hurt but most likely nothing serious has happened inside the skull. tiredness will go away after a few days.If not, or if increasing symptoms, see a doctor.
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u might not wake up
i. don't. get. it.
idk we are all stupid
in case you don't wake up again.
I've always thought it was because you may have an injury inside and if you go to sleep, you may not wake up. That's what I've always heard
Because sometimes, if the injury has damadged the brain, the victim can fall into a coma from the sleep.
u mite have a concussion and if u sleep u can not tell if u have something rough with u
He may have a concussion! Make sure he see's someone. Head injuries can cause many different kinds of problems. A concussion can cause him to go into a coma. Etc... Seek help immediately! God Bless
Tired is not a problem. The thing is there is a risk of concussion or brain injury. If the sleepy part is because he is loosing awareness or mental function that is the problem and he needs to go back to the hospital. When my wife suffered a head injury she could sleep all she wanted but I had to wake her every hour and talk to her to make sure she was okay the first night.
This is because many injuries, such as a subdural hematoma, do not have any symptoms immediately. Your friend would need to be watched closely for confusion, forgetfulness, sudden loss of coordination or balance, slurred language, or any other quick decline in his mental state. If anything happens that shows him not to be thinking and functioning clearly he would need taken to the ER immediately. It is impossible to monitor for these changes if he is sleeping.
Hi -
Head injuries can cause concussions and other complications. Any concussion or swlling in the brain can put the person in a comma. If you are asleep you may slip into a comma and not come out of it. Best is to go in to the ER to be safe when there is any head injury (particularly if the person is acting weird or tired)
cuz if u go to sleep and u did some damage to your brain there is a possibility u wont wake up...ever
I believe that you are not supposed to sleep right away because someone might not realize that you are not sleeping, but have fallen into a coma from a brain injury. If you were hospitalized you would be allowed to sleep but you would be monitored.
That has changed. There's no problem with someone going to sleep with a head injury.

Common causes of head injury include traffic accidents, falls, physical assault, and accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sports.

Some head injuries result in prolonged or non-reversible brain damage. This can occur as a result of bleeding inside the brain or forces that damage the brain directly. These more serious head injuries may cause:

Changes in personality, emotions, or mental abilities
Speech and language problems
Loss of sensation, hearing, vision, taste, or smell

The signs of a head injury can occur immediately or develop slowly over several hours. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can bang against the inside of the skull and be bruised. (This is called a concussion.) The head may look fine, but complications could result from bleeding inside the skull.

When encountering a person who just had a head injury, try to find out what happened. If he or she cannot tell you, look for clues and ask witnesses. In any serious head trauma, always assume the spinal cord is also injured.

The following symptoms suggest a more serious head injury -- other than a concussion or contusion -- and require emergency medical treatment:

Loss of consciousness, confusion, or drowsiness
Low breathing rate or drop in blood pressure
Fracture in the skull or face, facial bruising, swelling at the site of the injury, or scalp wound
Fluid drainage from nose, mouth, or ears (may be clear or bloody)
Severe headache
Initial improvement followed by worsening symptoms
Irritability (especially in children), personality changes, or unusual behavior
Restlessness, clumsiness, lack of coordination
Slurred speech or blurred vision
Inability to move one or more limbs
Stiff neck or vomiting
Pupil changes
Inability to hear, see, taste, or smell
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Get medical help immediately if the person:

Becomes unusually drowsy
Develops a severe headache or stiff neck
Vomits more than once
Loses consciousness (even if brief)
Behaves abnormally

For a moderate to severe head injury, take the following steps:

Call 911.
Check the person's airway, breathing, and circulation. If necessary, begin rescue breathing and CPR.
If the person's breathing and heart rate are normal but the person is unconscious, treat as if there is a spinal injury. Stabilize the head and neck by placing your hands on both sides of the person's head, keeping the head in line with the spine and preventing movement. Wait for medical help.
Stop any bleeding by firmly pressing a clean cloth on the wound. If the injury is serious, be careful not to move the person's head. If blood soaks through the cloth, DO NOT remove it. Place another cloth over the first one.
If you suspect a skull fracture, DO NOT apply direct pressure to the bleeding site, and DO NOT remove any debris from the wound. Cover the wound with sterile gauze dressing.
If the person is vomiting, roll the head, neck, and body as one unit to prevent choking. This still protects the spine, which you must always assume is injured in the case of a head injury. (Children often vomit ONCE after a head injury. This may not be a problem, but call a doctor for further guidance.)
Apply ice packs to swollen areas.
For a mild head injury, no specific treatment may be needed. However, closely watch the person for any concerning symptoms over the next 24 hours. The symptoms of a serious head injury can be delayed. While the person is sleeping, wake him or her every 2 to 3 hours and ask simple questions to check alertness, such as "What is your name?"

If a child begins to play or run immediately after getting a bump on the head, serious injury is unlikely. However, as with anyone with a head injury, closely watch the child for 24 hours after the incident.

Over-the-counter pain medicine (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen) may be used for a mild headache. DO NOT take aspirin, because it can increase the risk of bleeding.

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DO NOT wash a head wound that is deep or bleeding a lot.
DO NOT remove any object sticking out of a wound.
DO NOT move the person unless absolutely necessary.
DO NOT shake the person if he or she seems dazed.
DO NOT remove a helmet if you suspect a serious head injury.
DO NOT pick up a fallen child with any sign of head injury.
DO NOT drink alcohol within 48 hours of a serious head injury.
Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if Return to top

Call 911 if:

There is severe head or facial bleeding.
The person is confused, drowsy, lethargic, or unconscious.
The person stops breathing.
You suspect a serious head or neck injury or the person develops any symptoms of a serious head injury.
possible intracranial edema due to trauma. keeping the person awake will reflect symptoms noticeably like syncope, dizziness etc than while being asleep.

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