Strange Dreams and Waking up with Migraine

jgagelvr Community Member January 18, 2008
  • I've noticed for a couple of months, that if I've had a very vivid dream-like the most recent one of me being a member of the RCMP as a passenger on a bus full of dizzy people, I will more ofthen then not, wake up with a migraine.  Not only do I have the pain, but there are the usual associated symptoms-like the noise, light and motion sensitivities.  So I'm sure I'm not having a tension headache or tmj trouble from grinding my teeth.  I don't see any flashes or spots, or sparkles in the dreams- some of my usual aura. I wonder if there's any correlation between vivid dreams/nightmares and migraine?
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  • Anonymous
    fiftiesmigraine
    Feb. 14, 2014

    I used to suffer from "traditional" migraines but now that I am in my late fifities I find the pattern has changed.  I wake from vivid, detailed nightmare to find that I have a migraine.  When I was younger I never woke with a migraine, they always came on while I was awake.  Not sure why this is.

  • Anonymous
    mrb
    Feb. 15, 2008
    I've noticed this myself.  I get bouts of really horrible/bizarre nightmares, and I'm noticing that almost always after I wake with a migraine.  This goes on for weeks at a time.  Migraine meds or pain meds don't seem to help with these, unfortunately.
  • Anonymous
    Jan
    Feb. 13, 2008
    I found this interesting as I'm trying to work out whats triggering my migraines as I seem to be getting them even more often and I've noticed that every time I wake with a migraine I've had what I call a "busy" nights dreaming. My guess is that the vivid dreams are caused by not getting into the deeper sleep that you need for proper rest...
    RHMLucky777
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    I found this interesting as I'm trying to work out whats triggering my migraines as I seem to be getting them even more often and I've noticed that every time I wake with a migraine I've had what I call a "busy" nights dreaming. My guess is that the vivid dreams are caused by not getting into the deeper sleep that you need for proper rest but staying in REM sleep. I wonder if its the rapid eye movement itself whilst dreaming that helps set off the migraine?
    • PhoneCanuck
      Aug. 16, 2011

      I had the weirdest dreams the last few nights and have woken up with a migraine as well.  In the dream I hit my head.  I woke up, sound and light sensitive, and

      nauseous.  I know a lot of the trigger foods, but have not figured out which combinations of them could possibly contribute to setting the migraines off. 

       

      Common Potential...
      RHMLucky777
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      I had the weirdest dreams the last few nights and have woken up with a migraine as well.  In the dream I hit my head.  I woke up, sound and light sensitive, and

      nauseous.  I know a lot of the trigger foods, but have not figured out which combinations of them could possibly contribute to setting the migraines off. 

       

      Common Potential Migraine Triggers LifestyleFoodPhysicalEnvironmental Emotional stress Chocolate Menstrual cycle or other hormonal changes Weather or seasonal changes Depression Nuts, peanut butter   Travel through different time zones Too little sleep, or changes in sleep Cheese, yogurt, sour cream   Odors or pollution Exercise or overactivity Red wine or other alcoholic drinks   Bright light Skipping meals/fasting Processed meats       Monosodium glutamate (MSG)       Coffee in excess

       

       

      Out of these 17 known triggers I can check off 11, and I am also on meds that can cause headaches as well.  I really on some of the foods as protein sources due to other health problems.  Saw my Doc the last time I had a migraine that lasted a week and they gave me an Imitrex shot and that finally stopped it.  With the other migraine meds, I'm not sure what's worse  . . . the migraine, or the meds to get rid of the migraine!  I have a family, a house, and job to worry about.  Getting this under control is crucial to maintaining all of them.

    • Anonymous
      Tynia
      Sep. 22, 2013
      Same with me .. Actually it just happened and usually I can't remember the dreams Vc they are crazy but this one was peaceful, enjoyable and easy going but it still ain't work for me
  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Jan. 19, 2008

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    I'm not sure about a connection between dreams and Migraine disease. But I do know that changes in sleeping patterns can trigger a Migraine attack for some people. Click HERE for information on Migraine triggers and how to manage them.

     

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    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    I'm not sure about a connection between dreams and Migraine disease. But I do know that changes in sleeping patterns can trigger a Migraine attack for some people. Click HERE for information on Migraine triggers and how to manage them.

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost. SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.

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    • jgagelvr
      Jan. 19, 2008
      Thanks, Nancy for the welcome.  I know sleep pattern changes can trigger migraines-they've been a trigger in the past for me.  But, when I have these dreams, it's been when I keep my normal sleep/wake hours.  Odd.
  • Mr Wonderfuls wife
    Jan. 18, 2008

    hi! I know it is possible for us to bring pain that we are having into our dreams. Have you ever dreamed about being hurt in one way or another and wake up with pain in the same area you felt it in your dream? I think it's our brains way of letting us know something isn't quite right with us. I don't think that the dreams are bringing...

    RHMLucky777

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    hi! I know it is possible for us to bring pain that we are having into our dreams. Have you ever dreamed about being hurt in one way or another and wake up with pain in the same area you felt it in your dream? I think it's our brains way of letting us know something isn't quite right with us. I don't think that the dreams are bringing on the migraines and it is common for us to wake up with migraines. I'm not a doctor...just my opinion based on my experiences.

     

    You may want to ask your DR to make sure and give you peace of mind.

     

    Take care!

    Anita

    • jgagelvr
      Jan. 18, 2008
      I've never had that kind of dream before.  The dreams I have are odd, but I'm perfectly healthy in them.  I wonder if the weird dream may be some kind of aura or something else.
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