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Insomnia and Migraine

  • By debbieleq

    Hey community, I was wondering if anyone else has experienced, and more importantly how they deal with insomnia. I am going on 36 hours with no sleep. Not for lack of trying. I have used all my go tos: chamomile tea, warm milk, Advil PM…ect but still can not shut down. I would appreciate any other ideas, because the lack of sleep is not making my migraine any better. Thanks in advance.

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  • By GardensatNight

    Nancy can probably give you lots of great links as she is the links master, but do know this is a common problem… for migraine and insomnia to go together and form a problematic cycle. Have you spoken with your doctor about the insomnia specifically? My neurologist is a big advocate for good sleep, as she explains that during the deep phases of sleep your brain makes certain chemicals that help suppress migraine.

    I was on one preventative for a while that had natural side effect of sedation, but had to go off it for other reasons. As soon as I came off it, my insomnia flared up again, and I was once again having daily migraines, my neuro put me on a different med, which in low doses can be prescribed for insomnia, and isn’t habit-forming. I was really glad I made that extra trip to the doctor because like you, I had exhausted all the at-home remedies… exercise, dark room, cold temperature, winding down, warm bath, you name it. I just needed my meds adjusted correctly. So my advice is to talk to your doctor.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi debbieleq,

    Thank you for your question. I’m so sorry you haven’t been sleeping – that’s the worst!! I seem to go through bouts of insomnia, but thankfully they don’t last long.

    GardensatNight has given you great information! In addition, when I have trouble sleeping I find listening to podcasts help me fall asleep. My sister used to talk to me when I couldn’t fall asleep growing up, so I guess hearing a voice talking helps relax me and sleep.

    I use relaxation techniques as well. I was trained in bio feedback years ago, and still try to practice it routinely. I also find visualization helpful as well. As the “links master” (LOL) take a look at these that discuss insomnia;

    I also use a muscle relaxer and medical cannibis at night which are very helpful.

    Let me know what you think!

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