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Do Your Sleep Habits Trigger Migraines?

Research suggests a link between sleep problems and migraines.

How You Can Manage Sleep Problems With Migraines

Drugs, stress, and excessive noise can affect daily body rhythms, mood, and sleep, Fieve tells WebMD. He encourages patients to evaluate their lifestyle habits and sleep hygiene to make sure their body is prepared for rest.

  • Start by giving yourself a fighting chance for rest: Turn off the lights, the TV, and the laptop when you're getting ready for bed.
  • Eliminate caffeine from your diet.
  • Try exercising regularly in the morning or afternoon (but not near bedtime; it can actually wake you up).
  • Eat dinner at least three hours before you get in bed. Some experts recommend a snack high in carbohydrates such as cereal and milk, or a bagel, which may induce sleep by boosting levels of serotonin.

Above all, talk to your doctor, the best health care professional to advise you on lifestyle habits and medication that can help you manage your migraines and end your sleep problems.

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Reviewed on December 20, 2007

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