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Sleep Paralysis a symptom of migraine?

  • By spriest

    Does anyone else have Sporadic or Intermittent Sleep paralysis with their migraines? I have had this a few times (quite a few) but because of my chronic migraines I never tied them together.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi spriest,

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. I haven’t come across this too often, but have heard of it. In fact, I found this small article about it; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16643566.

    Have you had a chance to mention this to your doctor? If not, I would encourage you to. It might be beneficial to keep a journal of how often this happens, any possible triggers and patterns. It would be a good source of information to share with the doctor.

    Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their story with you.

    Wishing you a low pain day,
    Nancy

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  • By Allyson.Ellis Moderator

    Hello spriest, thank you for reaching out! I hear how much you endure with chronic migraine symptoms along with occasional sleep paralysis. Those are both overwhelming health concerns to experience. While we do not have information about these two things specifically, in doing some research, there is some evidence that they may be connected or at least seen together enough to be statistically significant. I thought this article from the American Sleep Association about sleep paralysis might be of interest to you: https://www.sleepassociation.org/sleep-disorders/more-sleep-disorders/sleep-paralysis/ It mentions migraine as one condition that has been linked to this particular sleep disorder in the “What Causes Sleep Paralysis?” section. I would encourage you to discuss this question with your doctor (if you haven’t already!) to see if s/he can shed any more light on the two conditions and if there is a treatment method that might be helpful for you. I hope if others in the community also have sleep paralysis episodes that they will share their experiences with you. Please keep us posted on how you are managing. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson (Migraine.com team)

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  • By spriest

    Thank you for the replies.

    My Doctor thinks it is anxiety/panic related rather than migraine and there really isn’t anything that can be done and is not life threatening. Granted my anxiety is higher when having a migraine, so that may be the correlation.

    I really wanted to see if anyone else with migraines tended to get this. Overall I think I want to have just want 1 thing to deal with than a whole bunch of other things requiring multiple different doctors.

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Thank you for getting back to us spriest.

      It’s always good to know we’re not alone!
      Nancy

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    • By kristinls

      Hi spriest. I came upon your question during a sleep paralysis search. I also suffer from sleep paralysis and I’ve been curious if they have some connection to my migraines. I suffered sleep paralysis very frequently throughout childhood (though I never knew what it was) and then quite frequently in college (probably due to erratic sleeping patterns). But I have not had sleep paralysis episodes in many years until recently (I’m 39). I was diagnosed with chronic migraine about a year ago, and for the past few months, I’ve had several sp episodes. The main difference however, is that I experience them upon falling asleep as opposed to upon waking (which is the pattern I always had growing up). I have been thinking about looking into a sleep medicine dr to find out if I have any other sleep disturbances (I do snore) that could be causing or adding to my migraines. I agree though, anxiety could definitely be the culprit for sleep paralysis. I hope you are doing well:)

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    • By spriest

      kristinls I am sorry you have dealt with this as long as you have, it is very frightening. I have been dealing with chronic migraine for 15 years now, I am 37. I am not really sure how long I may have had SP, but now that I think about it probably many years. I think I may just be more aware when I have a migraine maybe? I have always had issue sleeping- chronic insomniac but with my migraine meds I sleep a little better, but not real deep. I have noticed I get SP both upon falling asleep and waking, but I am naturally a very light sleeper so anything can wake me.

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi spriest,

      Thank you for sharing that information and being part of our community!!

      Nancy

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi kristinls,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. It’s good to know we’re not alone in our experiences.

    Wishing you a low pain day,
    Nancy

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