Insomnia and Migraine

Insomnia and migraine are interrelated. A person with insomnia can easily develop migraine and having a migraine often leads to insomnia. The combination of two can cause change in mood, serious behavioral and other problems.

Once you develop headache or migraine due to insomnia, you are at a greater risk of developing less efficient and more disruption in sleep. A study published in Headache, a journal of the American Headache Society shows links between poor quality sleep and migraine.

Results of the study

  • In the study over 50% of participants reported migraine onset as a cause of sleeping disturbances at least some of the time.
  • Around 40% of participants reported having six or less hours of sleep. These short sleepers experienced frequent and severe migraines than other migraineurs.
  • These short sleepers also reported wake ups more frequently with headaches- a condition known as transformed migraines.
  • Over 85% of the participants reported that they chose to sleep or take rest due pain caused by headache.
  • 75% of the participants reported the headache pain forced them to sleep.

Things to know about Insomnia, Migraine and Headache:

  • People with insomnia and migraine face difficulties in doing their routine activity.
  • People with insomnia can experience occasional or chronic headache.
  • Headache or migraine can cause difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep and interrupted sleep.
  • Migraine or headache is also occurred due to very sleep or too much of sleep.
  • Sleep disorder can also develop cluster headaches- headache in cycles.

An Important NOTE to Readers:

You may suffer from migraine due to sleep disorders or you may suffer from insomnia due to migraines. It may possible that you are suffering from migraine due some other reasons which is adding insomnia to your woes. The same may happen with insomnia too. If you suffer from migraines or headache frequently or the situation worsens due to your sleep disorders or vise versa, consult a physician immediately.