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Often starts while sleeping

I am currently on Botox, Flexeril and Zomig. And though these have helped me greatly, my migraines still often start around 3 am while I am sleeping. Would there be anything I could do or eat or drink before I go to sleep that might help? FYI – No preventatives work. I also take magnesium before bed.

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Comments

  • Charra
    4 years ago

    I can’t be of much more help, seeing as how most of my migraines either wake me up, or are there when my alarm goes off. However, I HAVE been noticing lately that, when I have a bad dream, whether horrifying or just stressful, I wake up with a whopper. Don’t think there’s much I can do about that, unfortunately. But, I do think that drinking “Sleepy Time” tea DOES calm me before bed. I’m not sure how long that lasts, of course, but that’s about all I can think of. I know how you feel.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    4 years ago

    Hi M2the4,

    Thanks for sharing your story. While you may get more feedback from the community, I thought these three articles on sleep and migraine might be useful:
    (1) http://migraine.com/blog/migraine-triggers-sleep-1/
    (2) http://migraine.com/blog/migraine-triggers-sleep-2/ and
    (3) http://migraine.com/blog/migraine-triggers-more-sleep-rules-tips-and-tricks-part-3/.

    I hope this proves useful! Please do feel free to keep us posted on how you’re doing.

    Best,

    Jenn (Migraine.com Team)

  • KatherineO
    4 years ago

    My headache doc told me long ago that the headache often starts after the trigger has gone away. While you’re under stress, for instance, there is a lot of adrenaline and cortisol in your body. After it clears, hello migraine. My headaches frequently wake me up in the morning. I used to think there might be dust in my bedroom, or the temperature might be too high/too low. I’ve given up trying to figure that out. Triggers are ferocious. Sometimes immediate, sometimes delayed. I take magnesium in the late afternoon or evening. I’m not certain they do anything.

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