Insomnia and Headaches

INSOMNIA AND HEADACHES: IS ONE CAUSING THE OTHER?

INSOMNIA IS A SYMPTOM, NOT A MEDICAL CONDITION

Is your headache the cause of insomnia or the result of it? The link between lack of sleep and the frequency or intensity of chronic headaches has been known for more than a century. It’s time to find out the cause of your migraine, cluster or tensions headaches

Insomnia is a condition where individuals have trouble falling or staying asleep. It is fairly common among those who suffer from migraines. Some research indicates that persistent pain may be keeping these individuals awake or preventing them from enjoying a sound, restful sleep.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF INSOMNIA

Nothing is more frustrating than lack of sleep and a headache that won’t go away. Chronic daily headaches or ‘waking headaches’ are typically associated with poor sleep. Here are some other common signs of insomnia.

  • DIFFICULTY FALLING ASLEEP AT NIGHT
  • WAKING UP DURING THE NIGHT
  • AWAKENING TOO EARLY
  • NOT FEELING WELL RESTED AFTER A NIGHT’S SLEEP
  • DAYTIME TIREDNESS OR SLEEPINESS
  • IRRITABILITY, DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY
  • DIFFICULTY PAYING ATTENTION, FOCUSING ON TASKS OR REMEMBERING
  • INCREASED ERRORS OR ACCIDENTS

WHAT IF YOUR CHRONIC HEADACHE IS NOT CAUSED BY INSOMNIA?

Sleep deprivation, disturbed or interrupted sleep is recognized as one of the more commonly reported acute headache triggers among patients with migraine and tension headaches. But did you know that insomnia is actually a symptom, not a medical condition? It’s your body’s way of telling you something is not right. This could mean that your headache is causing insomnia and not the other way around.

Here’s what a research study conducted by the Headache Center of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; Center for Sleep Evaluation, Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH and Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical Center, Lebanon, NH found:

  • SLEEP COMPLAINTS WERE COMMON AND ASSOCIATED WITH HEADACHE IN A SIZEABLE PROPORTION OF PATIENTS. FEELING WELL RESTED AFTER A NIGHT’S SLEEP
  • MORE THAN 50% OF MIGRAINE SUFFERERS REPORTED DIFFICULTY INITIATING AND MAINTAINING SLEEP AT LEAST OCCASIONALLY. AYTIME TIREDNESS OR SLEEPINESS
  • MANY IN THIS SAMPLE REPORTED CHRONICALLY SHORTENED SLEEP PATTERNS SIMILAR TO THAT OBSERVED IN PERSONS WITH INSOMNIA, WITH 38% OF PATIENTS SLEEPING ON AVERAGE 6 HOURS PER NIGHT. RRITABILITY, DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY

At the New Jersey Headache Institute, we can diagnose the reason for your headaches.Our headache experts take the time to fully explore your condition to ensure we get to the root cause. Each case is examined individually, ensuring your headache treatment plan is designed specifically for you.

Headache pain is one of the top reasons for doctor’s visits in the United States, and migraines are the number one type of headache that leads patients to the emergency room. We do a complete neurological examination and take a detailed look at patient history in order to determine the type of headache you have and provide effective treatment.

If you are suffering from insomnia and experiencing frequent or intense headaches, make an appointment with our team today for a thorough personal assessment. Call us or use our contact form to book a consultation.

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