Thanks for reading my post. I’ve been thinking about something recently and I hope that you can help by sharing your own experience. It’s to do with the weirdly deep sleep I have after a migraine attack.
Normally when I sleep, I talk, move a lot and wake up in a completely different position from how I fell asleep (I used to sleepwalk until my early 20s). When I wake up after a migraine, I am in exactly the same position, even my hands haven’t moved an inch. I’ve been told its impossible to wake me up without vigorous shaking (my ex freaked out the first time he found me at home, curled up and unresponsive). It’s like my body shuts down completely. Whether I sleep for an hour or eight hours, it’s the same catatonic-like state. Does this happen to anyone else? Does anyone know why this happens? Do you feel ok when you wake up?
As a side note, I should probably mention that, 90% of the time, my migraines involve pain on one side of my head with aura, blind spots and the inability to focus my eyes on anything. The remaining 10% is what I think of as a more straight-forward migraine – pain with nausea. For these, as soon as the nausea builds up enough to make me vomit (which usually happens within an hour or two from the onset), it feels like a valve is opened and the pain is released. For the migraine with aura, the only effective way I’ve found to deal with it is lying down in a cold, dark, quiet room which usually leads to my weird body-shut-down-sleep. I have paramax on prescription, but it only works if I take it immediately when I first start to feel an attack coming on.
I’d very much appreciate you sharing your experience on this, I’m really curious about how common this very deep sleep is and why it happens. I did ask my doctor, but she was quite dismissive and didn’t actually answer my question.