If you're serious about reducing the number of migraines you suffer, then you might want to pay close attention to your sleep pattern.
Migraines are thought to be related to your over- or hyperactive nerve cells, and these nerves tell your blood vessels to either expand or constrict. During this process, your blood flows and so do all the other chemicals involved, many of which lead to your brain.
While you might think more sleep results in less migraines, studies suggest the opposite. There are around 6 sleep cycles the average human journeys through, the most well-known and most powerful being REM.
During deep sleep and the latter stages, dopamines and several important "euphoric" neurotransmitters flood your brain, which results in waking up rested and "feeling good".
However, certain types of sleeping disorders can cause the release of serotonin as opposed to dopamines. This, of course, can result in the opposite, "feel like crap" sensations.
Also, REM is thought to provoke migraines. In essence, the more your eyes flutter or move, the more likely you will develop a migraine. More commonly, think about the nights you might have spent on the Internet because you couldn't sleep. If you stared at the screen too long, you might have developed a headache. In the case of REM migraines, imagine the same situation but tenfold.
The good news is there are certain medications that help reduce the amount of serotonin seeping in. They are antidepressants that are sometimes used to treat migraines. Medication affects people in different ways, so the best way to seek treatment is to keep track of your migraines and the surrounding situations, and then speak with a doctor or neurologist.
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