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Sleepy Post Migraine

  • By cantseestraight

    Anyone else get need extra sleep after a migraine episode? It’s like my brain is just drained! Anyone know why this is? The brain seems to need recharging or something!!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi cantseestraight,

    You’re absolutely correct! Many of us need extra sleep to recover from a migraine attack. Postdrome, or the last phase of a migraine attacks can last up to 48 hours, maybe more. Symptoms can include but are not limited to fatigue, moodiness, difficulty concentrating, happiness and others. Let me share this article on the four phases of a migraine attack with you; https://migraine.com/infographic/the-four-phases-graphic/.

    I hope that helps,
    Nancy

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi k_nelson,

    Thanks for sharing that with us. I wonder if it would be worthwhile to discuss having a sleep study done with your doctor? Keeping a regular sleep schedule is important for those of us with migraine disease and there could be sleep issue you’re not aware of. When I had my sleep study done we discovered I had restless leg and periodic limb movement disorder that interrupted my sleep, hence triggering morning migraine attacks. Something to think about at any rate.

    A women in my face to face support group had a sleep study done and has sleep apnea. Since wearing her CPAP she has been able to reduce her migraine attack frequency.

    Let me know what you think,
    Nancy

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    • By k_nelson

      Thanks for your thoughts Nancy. That is all very interesting. I do wake up occasionally from my limbs moving. Sometimes if I lay in bed for a while trying to get to sleep I will have odd movements in my leg or arm. I assume it happens more often, but I just sleep through it. I wonder if this would be from working out or something more.
      Thanks for sharing.

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  • By cantseestraight

    k_nelson you are not alone. I also have restless legs. My grandfather did too. I think that’s part of the neurological relationship with migraines. I find if I do something quiet before bed like reading, stretching or prayer time to quiet the mind, then the restless legs are better and I fall asleep sooner. Good sleep seems so very essential for us migraineurs.

    I like the idea of getting a sleep study for you! Couldn’t hurt. I tried it and had an at home unit that sent data in. Turns out I did not have sleep apnea and that put my mind at ease about that. I do have asthma so buying an air purifier and humidifer really helped there. Anything for good sleep! 🙂 Cheers!

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    • By k_nelson

      Yeah. The weird thing is that I think I sleep pretty well. I usually get about 8 hours of sleep a night. The leg things don’t really bother me and aren’t that often. I just notice it sometimes. It definitely doesn’t interrupt my sleep that much…maybe only once a month. That is why I am wondering if such a little thing like that would have an impact on my migraines.

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  • By cantseestraight

    We just really have to listen to our own bodies. I do think constant sleepiness, especially if you have a lot of migraines, is an unfortunate side effect. Wish I could nap at work, lol.

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