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How can I improve my sleep to avoid headaches?

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Try to get 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night at a consistent time. It's a key to preventing migraine headaches. To help improve your sleep, try these tips:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.
  • Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
  • Make the room you sleep in dark and quiet.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
  • Try not to watch TV, use the computer, or text on your cellphone in bed just before you go to sleep.
  • Do relaxing activities at bedtime.
  • Exercise regularly, but not right before bed.
  • Spend some time outside in natural light during the day.

SOURCES:

Headache : "Headache and Sleep: Examination of Sleep Patterns and Complaints in a Large Clinical Sample of Migraineurs."

The Migraine Trust: "Sleep and migraine."

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache."

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Diary."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Headache : "Headache and Sleep: Examination of Sleep Patterns and Complaints in a Large Clinical Sample of Migraineurs."

The Migraine Trust: "Sleep and migraine."

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache."

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Diary."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 2, 2019

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