Migraines and sleep patterns

Nancy Harris Bonk Health Guide
  • This week I've been making every effort to keep a regular sleep schedule. I wanted to see if it would make a difference in my overall pain. I've got to tell you so far it's 50/50.


    Each morning I wake up with my aches and pains. I've been trying for 7:00, since that is when the kids need to get going for school. As "CEO" of our household, I'm up making coffee, getting lunches ready, and getting everyone out the door. So far, so good.


    Evening seems to be a different story. 10:00 is the target bedtime. I seem to have a problem with that. I am wiped out at 8:00, then seem to get my second wind around ten. The last five days or so I have made every effort to get to bed by ten. Then I read for a while, and by gosh, it acutally worked. I fell asleep pretty easily. I was very surprised. My husband is trying very hard not to say, "I told you so."

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    Why hasn't my Migraine pain disappeared? I'm sure five days is not enough time for my body to adjust to a new, regular sleep pattern. I will give it more time, not just expect wonders overnight.


    Maybe it is time to consider another form of Migraine disease. Not that I need another issue, but I wonder. Transformed Migraine begins with epsodic Migraine attacks and then changes. It turns into daily, less severe headaches, with severe Migraine attacks. When I see my doctor in Feburary, we will have another topic to discuss, since Transformed Migraine IS Related To Sleep Problems.


    Until my appointment, I will keep track of my Migraine triggers, seeing how much they play a role in my pain. I'm sure the more we know about them, how they affect us, the better we can manage our Migraines.

Published On: January 19, 2008