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Should I try and keep a person with a concussion awake?

No. In fact, the best and first thing to do is give the concussed brain some rest. The brain physiology, blood flow and neuronal pathways all need to rest. Particularly within the first 24-72 hours, I recommend minimizing any activity that provokes the symptoms of concussion. This includes physical and mental stimulation that may interrupt the healing process by forcing the brain to work. A person should get at 7-8 hours of sleep per night within the first week of sustaining a concussion.

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