caret icon Back to all discussions

Low oxygen saturation

Along with my chronic migraine I suffer from insomnia. Nothing has worked well to alive either condition. Recently, I had a sleep study done and the results were so scarry. I have mild apnea, and wake about 8 times an hour. The big thing though is that my oxygen saturation level drops to 80!!! overnight. For those who don't know, anything under 95 is considered bad.
I am seeing a new neurologist who specializes in sleep and migraine next week. I am cautiously optimistic that he will have some solutions for me. After 55 years of migraine, I would like to spend the rest of the time I have feeling at least somewhat well.

  1. Hi ,
    Oh boy - I understand how that could be very scary!! Waking up eight times a night is tough enough. A deep drop in oxygen is another story altogether! Good to hear you have an appointment next week.
    When I facilitated an in person support group (way before COVID) a member had a sleep study, showed she had sleep apnea and was prescribed a CPAP. The good news is she saw a dramatic reduction in morning migraine attacks. I'd like to share our sleep and migraine links with you:
    We're here for you during this stressful time and please reach out at any time. Wishing you a low pain day, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator Team

    1. Hi, Carol! My heart goes out to you as you process this. My husband also has sleep apnea, so I have felt at least some of that worry and concern. Like you, I am optimistic that you will find some help at the neurologist -- at the very least for your sleep apnea and oxygen issues. (My husband uses a very quiet CPAP machine and has been doing great for several years now.)

      In addition to the resources we have here on the site, I'd also encourage you to visit our sister site that focuses exclusively on sleep disorders. They will have more specific information and support to offer you as you move forward. The sleep apnea address is:

      Take good care of yourself and keep us posted! Take it one day at a time. -Melissa, team

      Please read our rules before posting.