GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – After any accident, it’s natural for you to relive the traumatic experience in your dreams. Just like children watching a scary movie, adults can often have nightmares about a car crash or other tragic event – weeks, months or even years later.
A Long Island car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says nightmares after a crash can be common and the dreams can sometimes be a precursor to a more serious health issue.
“Car crashes can be traumatizing events and they’re very common in Long Island,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Many people can develop long-term sleep problems and sometimes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”
These common after-effects of a crash don’t sound helpful or healthy but one study has discovered some nightmares could actually be beneficial.
Researchers believe nightmares are so common that they can help process stressors. However, they’re not sure how. The study also noted that frequent nightmares can lead to negative effects on your health.
In a vehicle accident study, 25 percent of victims had nightmares two weeks after their crash. After three months, the number dwindled down to 19 percent and the victims developed other health issues: problems falling asleep and staying asleep. These side-effects lasted for up to a year.
“Long-term nightmares can be an awful experience for anyone who has been injured in a car crash,” Sheehan said. “It not only affects your evening – the lack of sleep can make you less productive during the daytime too.”
Researchers said having nightmares every once in a while is okay and natural — but if you’re having them once a week or more frequently, it can be problematic. If this is the case, speak with a doctor immediately. Chronic nightmares can actually be detrimental to your physical recovery.
If you’ve been experiencing nightmares, a loss of sleep, or lack of daytime production after a crash, contact a Long Island car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes. One of their experienced lawyers can provide you with a free case evaluation and help you get your recovery on track.