Misconceptions About Sleep and Concussion

Misconceptions About Sleep and Concussion

A survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of UPMC revealed that there are often misconceptions about the amount of sleep needed when dealing with a concussion. The doctors at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program debunked common misconceptions about sleep and concussions.

The infographic below gives more insight into the myths surrounding sleep and concussions.

sleep myth infographic

Concussion Sleep Myth

For many years, people thought you couldn’t go to sleep after a concussion, but we now know this to be a myth.

Only 49% of U.S. adults aged 18+ realize that a person does not need to stay awake for 24 hours after a concussion.

Sleep and Concussion Management

Sleeping through the night is okay once you’ve been evaluated by a medical professional.

Proper management is the key to recovery. Rest, and specifically maintaining a consistent nighttime sleep routine, can be an important part of the recovery process.


This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of UPMC between April 16-23, 2015 among 2,012 U.S. adults age 18 or older, 948 of whom are parents.  For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Deana Percassi, Harris Poll, (585) 214-7212.