Sleep Disorders

Relief from sleep disorders and related headache

The link between headaches and sleep disorders is complicated, but very real. People who experience chronic headaches and migraines are up to eight times more likely to have a sleep disorder. On the other hand, lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can trigger headaches. It can become a cycle that takes time to break.

Are you caught in a pattern of sleeping problems and chronic headaches? Take a sleep disorders risk assessment offered by Goshen Sleep Disorders Center. Our board certified sleep specialists can provide personalized treatment for sleep disorders and headache in Goshen, IN.

When sleep causes headache

Headaches can often be a symptom of a sleep disorder. Lack of restful sleep can have physical effects the next day. People with sleep disorders often have chronic headaches during the day.

Oversleeping can also trigger a headache. This tends to occur when people with chronic headache or migraine try to catch up on missed sleep. You may wake up with a headache after an overly long sleep or nap.

When headache causes a sleep disorder

If you have chronic headaches, you are more likely to have other conditions that contribute to sleep problems, such as depression and anxiety. You are also more likely to nap and be less physically active. This adds to difficulty sleeping at night.

Medications to treat headache are another source of sleep disruption because they usually contain caffeine. While they are often effective in headache relief, they can interfere with sleep. Caffeine can also produce a rebound headache when it wears off. In addition, overuse of prescription migraine medication can actually worsen headaches, leading to more sleep disruption.

Determining a sleep disorder and headache treatment

If you have headaches and sleep problems, talk to your primary care provider. He or she may decide to refer you to Goshen Sleep Disorders Center for treatment from a board certified sleep specialist. Our team may suggest keeping record of important information, including:

  • Number, length, timing and treatment of your headaches
  • Bedtimes, how long it takes to fall asleep, length of sleep and number of times you wake up
  • Lifestyle habits, such as physical activity, diet, medications, meal times, and alcohol and caffeine intake

Creating good sleep hygiene is the main focus of your treatment. Relaxation, including reducing stress and stimulation, before bedtime is especially important for headache sufferers, even when you are headache free. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. During the day, get enough exercise and limit stimulants.

Your complete well-being is important to us as we make recommendations for sleep disorder and headache relief. Talk to your primary care provider about a referral to our sleep center.

Goshen Sleep Disorders Center provides comprehensive care for insomnia and headaches in Goshen, IN.