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Post  Tamsha101 on Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:38 pm

Since my chronic migraine episodes started in November, I have been sleeping horribly. Last night was the first night since then that I actually slept for 7 hours straight. Of course what happens? I get a migraine today! I just can't win!!

Anyone else get headaches going from crappy sleep to a great sleep?

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Post  sailingmuffin on Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:55 pm

Hi,

I have found that my headaches can knock me out and wake me up. However, being tired makes the headache much worse. Have you talked to your neuro about a preventative like zanaflex or something that will allow you to sleep and help the headache?

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Post  Mini on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:26 am

There is definitely connection between migraine a sleep. Little like: what comes earlier chicken or egg. Sometimes migraine is caused by too much sleep, sometimes by not enough. Sometimes I get migraine if I sleep in the day, or too long. Sometimes migraine can wake me up too early so I cannot get enough sleep.
Sometimes just before bad migraine I feel very, very sleepy the day before.
I can see how frustrating it is for you not to be able to sleep, or getting migraine when you can, I am so sorry - as you say, we cannot win.

However the idea that taking preventative might be a good one. I am on Gabapentin and this makes me quite sleepy, especially if I take a double dose in the evening.
In fact I sleep very well since I started taking it and this definitely helps.





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Post  McCabeRoad on Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:46 pm

Melatonin 25 mg, does help sleep thru a migraine! It helps me and I can take 25 mg every 4 hours or so.
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Post  stephgood on Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:28 pm

I take the Melatonin at night. I don't take much though. It is a 3mg tablet that I often cut in half.
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Post  Migrainegirl on Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:31 pm

If I get a poor nights sleep, I will generally end up with a migraine the next day. And when I have a migraine I generally sleep very poorly. Doesn't help much.

So if it looks like I won't be able to sleep, for what ever reason, I take a Tizanadine, which is a muscle relaxant prescribed for my neck. It also knocks me out so it works great for sleep issues. If you don't have access to a prescription for this, I also found Tylenol PM works really well for sleep issues.

I should point out though that I have never gotten a migraine from too much sleep. So if that is a problem for you, this might not be a good idea.
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Post  McCabeRoad on Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:23 pm

Tylenol PM gives me "restless legs" and I agree about too much sleep. Migraine people do best staying on a strict sleeping schedule, even on weekends.
The melatonin WORKS and it is not dangerous.
I take 10 mg Time Released tablets every night at 9:30 PM. I try to stay on that schedule and get up every morning at 6 AM.
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