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How to help your concussion heal

A concussion is a serious brain injury. We have found out how serious in recent years, as studies point to the long-term impact of repeated concussions, but it is important to take every event seriously -- even if it's your first one. If you get into a motorcycle accident and hit your head, for instance, even if your helmet protects you from obvious exterior damage, you may still have a concussion. What can you do to help it heal?

First of all, the best thing for your body is rest. Try to take it easy. Lie down in bed, and if you can -- after getting checked out by a medical professional -- get some sleep.

Even if you cannot sleep, there are ways that you can rest your brain itself. Too much stimulation is a bad thing. For instance, watching television while going on your phone may overstimulating. Standing under bright lights in a crowded room could do it as well. Try to find a calm, quiet -- and possibly dark -- place to relax.

The triggers are different for everyone. Figure out what yours are. Noise? Sound? Exercise? What makes your symptoms worse? Try to avoid those things so that your brain can work on healing itself.

Finally, just be smart about how fast you try to push yourself back to normal life. Do not be afraid to take some time off from work and from riding your motorcycle.

If you wind up in the hospital after the motorcycle accident, you could have some serious bills to pay. Make sure you know if you have a right to financial compensation.

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