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When should I talk to my doctor about migraines related to sleeping problems?

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If you have signs of obstructive sleep apnea, see your doctor to get the right treatment. It may help prevent migraines. Symptoms of the sleep disorder include:

If you can't sleep more than 6 hours a night, talk to your doctor about whether you may have insomnia that can be treated. Treatments, including medications, diet changes, and behavioral sleep therapy, can also help prevent migraines if they're triggered by poor sleep.

  • Snoring
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping
  • Waking up during the night
  • Sleepiness 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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