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The symptoms of migraine are sensitivity to light or flashes of light (often described as auras), blurred vision, vomiting and pain in the tummy, lack of appetite and vertigo. The suffers should check with an eye doctor if they have any vision problem or increase in power of their eye-glasses. Doctors are at a loss to understand the real cause of migraines. They claim they are more related to neurological problems. Migraines tend to run in families but can also be brought on by environmental factors like changes in weather, altitude, travel and sleep. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have both been linked with migraines Mind you it is a first warning sign, and both may lead to less restful sleep that eventually becomes sleep deprivation, which triggers migraines. It is reported that nearly half of migraines are known as “awakening headache” meaning it occurs between 4 and 9am in the morning and about 71% of migraine sufferers experience this type of headache. When it does occur regularly, it is quite obvious that it’s often a sign of a sleep disorder.
The largest prospective study using objective measures of sleep to evaluate its links with neurological diseases observed that sleep disorders or disturbance might trigger migraine headaches. This new study may come up with better interventions for treating the condition. This research study was published in the Neurological Journal, USA in the third week of December, 2019. The study observed that sleep fragmentation - time spent in bed but not asleep was linked to the onset of migraine not on the next day, rather the following day after that - this seems to be a new revelation regarding the incidence of migraine headache that affects large chunk of the population. Neither sleep duration nor self-reported
low- quality sleep was associated with high risk of migraine over the next day or day after. The researchers did not find any correlation between them.
The real causes of migraine and its association with sleep disturbances are not yet firmly established so far. Co-author Suzanne Bertisch of Brigham Women's Hospital, Utah reported that many patients came to her clinic for treatment of insomnia. But, the research work on this particular study is not clear about what kind of sleep intervention is helpful to reduce the risk of migraine headache.
If you wake up regularly with headaches or feel tired during the day due to lack of sleep previous night or feel depressed and irritable or experiencing lack of focus during the day, and if you have one of the above symptoms, it is likely that you may have sleep disorder. Be cool, and it is not the end of the world, every problem has a remedy.
Follow the following simple methods to mitigate your migraine/ sleep disorder problems:
01. The first step to bring your sleep back is to get to the bed at night and get up from the bed in the morning at the right time on a regular basis.
02. Let your bedtime be a relaxing and quiet one to calm your mind and nerves.
03. Nice to go for a warm bath and explore meditation before retiring to bed. Besides, set aside some time for meditation or yoga and focus your mind on something that pleases you very much.
04. It is said inhaling lavender essential oil, in particular, will reduce migraine symptoms and induce sleep.
05. When it comes to dinner, watch out. What you eat is essential for your body and mind. The more you eat, the more you may feel uncomfortable at midnight. Be careful about flatulent stomach.
06. As much as possible avoid fatty, greasy and sugary food loaded with fat. Say no no to 'fast food'.
07. Avoid watching either TV or touch phone videos. Reduce its brightness to a comfortable level, if need be.
08. It is a good idea to avoid alcohol and caffeine later in the day. Both of them may interfere with sleep.
Never fail to bear in mind that a healthy, but controlled diet will go a long way to promote healthy sleep so is prolonged viewing of cellphones, etc.
The New Indian Express (Tiruchy edition,TN) dated December 18, 2019; page:16:: ''Low sleep quality triggers migraine''