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Have Migraines? Tips for Better Sleep

By Sara Butler

Are your migraine headaches getting in the way of your getting a good night's sleep? Well, it's probably not all in your head because, according to the American Migraine Foundation, people who suffer from migraines are eight times more likely to have issues sleeping at night. It just so happens that lack of sleep is also a trigger for some migraines, so to say that the relationship between sleep and migraines is complicated is an understatement.

If you suffer from migraines, then here are a few helpful tips that may make sleep a little easier to come by and keep your headaches at bay.

Look at Your Routine

Do you have a sleep routine? If migraines plague you, then it may be time to take a look at how your sleep routine may play a part. Keep a written log of your migraine triggers and then look at how you can make your bedtime routine more conducive to a good night's rest.

What Are You Eating?

If you're having a big meal right before bed, then it can interfere with your ability to get to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests you avoid fatty, greasy foods before bed. What foods trigger your migraines are unique to you, but many people have migraines as a result of certain foods or even a lack of food. So, keep a food diary to try to discover triggers and make sure to eat at regular intervals.

Stick to a Schedule

A regular sleep schedule can do wonders for your overall health and may also help to keep migraines at bay. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night (if not 8!) and don't sell your sleep short. You can't make up for missed sleep later, you need to get a sufficient amount every single night when possible.

Create the Right Environment

In order to get a good night's rest, you have to set the scene. A cool, dark room is the best environment you can create. You shouldn't use the room for anything but sleeping -- don't watch television in there or scroll Facebook on your phone -- just use the room to sleep so that your brain gears up to sleep

Migraines can be a real bummer, but there are easy things you can do to adjust your lifestyle to make them less frequent!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Magnolia, Tex.

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