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The Migraine and Sleep Disorder Connection

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Migraine headaches and sleep disorders are common in the general population and often coexist in the same patient. Stress is recognized as one of the principal factors for headache and sleep disorders. Moreover, both disorders have been proven to be associated with depression and anxiety.

Patients suffering from chronic morning or nocturnal headache should be considered for the presence of possible sleep disturbances–particularly sleep apnea. Common anatomic features that we see among migraine and sleep deprived patients:

TMJ or TMD (temporalmandibular disorder) is often also associated with headaches and sleep breathing problems in patients. We see patients who complain of migraine headaches accompanied by jaw, neck or head pain. People who grind or clench their teeth are particularly at risk of developing bad headaches.