Lack of Sleep and Headaches

Millions of Americans suffer from headaches and migraines. According to Harvard Medical School, about 95 percent of headaches are caused by common conditions such as stress, lack of sleep, hunger and changes in estrogen level.

Headaches from lack of sleep are generally called “tension headaches,” one of three major varieties of headaches. The sleep-deprived often feel a dull ache or heaviness in the forehead or vertex, and the pain often comes in the morning.

Sleep has a restorative function, meaning that the body is restoring and repairing itself while we sleep, and some neurology experts believe that headaches may come about at times from lack of restorative benefits for the many parts of the head. In general, physical exhaustion is tied to headaches.

Lack of sleep has also been tied to migraines, which a significant portion of Americans deal with. Migraines can come up every once in a while, or be persistent and consistent, which can be a debilitating condition.

It is recommended that people experiencing migraines develop a sleep routine. Irregular afternoon naps, sleeping too little and even sleeping too much can trigger the pain. Sleeping in on the weekends may actually hurt you.

The problem is that migraines are often the reason why people don’t sleep well, which makes for a somewhat devastating cycle. If you wake not feeling rested on a consistent basis, wake up frequently at night, and fall asleep during the day without planning on it, it may be time to see a sleep professional like Dr. Thomas.

Remember that sleep is important for the proper functioning of many parts of the body. Lack of sleep has been tied to numerous chronic conditions, many more serious than headaches and migraines.

At the Intermountain Neurology and Sleep Center in Salt Lake City, we have the diagnostic tools and the medical expertise to get your sleep back to where it should be. This may mean a life with fewer headaches, which means less pain medication and more control over your life.

There are many sleep disorders, and that causes a form of sleep deprivation even if you’ve felt like you slept. Sleep deprivation can lead to myriad health issues.

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