The July/August 2006 edition of the National Headache Foundation's Headlines publication discusses the findings of an NHF survery on the relationship between sleep and migraines.
The survey findings support the view that sleep and migraines have a complex, seemingly contradictory association. Sleeping too much, sleeping too little, and failure to establish and maintain a consistent sleep schedule can trigger migraines. On the other hand, 62% of respondents said that sleep helps them obtain relief from a migraine attack.
Changes in sleep schedule also make a difference. According to the survey, 68% of sufferers do not awaken at the same time every day and of those, more than half tend to sleep in on weekends and change their sleep cycle during vacation, all of which may trigger headaches.
Yet again, the message for migraineurs is to stick to a rigid sleep schedule, going to bed and rising in the morning at the same time day in and day out.
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