oversleeping and migraines

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tangledspines
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   Posted 4/7/2013 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I haven't posted in a while because it had been almost 4 months since I had a migraine. I made a lot of changes to my life, including eliminating all MSG (as well as artificial sweeteners like aspartame), drinking A LOT of water, regulating my caffeine intake, just eating healthier in general, etc. Also my Elavil was increased from 10mg to 30mg and it seemed to be helping. I felt a lot better overall. Lately (I would say in the last month), I've been very stressed about my new job (I work in a call centre, eek), and I've been feeling a little panicky because I kept feeling like a migraine was around the corner.

Since starting my new job, since I work night shift, I've been sleeping in everyday. I've never been a morning person so I was glad I got to work evenings. Anyways, I have definitely been oversleeping. A lot. I would say I normally get to sleep around 2am and wake up around 12pm or 1pm, which is 10-11 hrs of sleep. I didn't think it was a problem, I only though UNDERsleeping could cause migraines. But this morning I woke up with a bad migraine for the first time in months. My doctor told me once that when you wake up with one, it usually has to do with sleeping patterns. Can oversleeping cause migraines? Have any of you ever experienced this?

Also, I know the stress of the new job was not helping me either. I've also been eating meals late at night, like around midnight, and I was wondering if that was possibly a contributing fact to the migraines as well.

I would love to hear some feedback from you lovely people. Thanks for reading <3
Ashley

Ckbeach
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Date Joined Apr 2013
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   Posted 4/14/2013 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Ashley~
This is very common for me too. My body has one of those internal alarm clocks so I wake up about the same time everyday. If I don't have to get up and let myself fall back to sleep I am almost 90% sure of getting a migraine. It took me awhile to figure out this trigger but in college i didn't have class on Fridays and so of course went back to sleep and ended up with a migraine almost every Friday. It is a real pain on the weekends to be up at 6:30 or when we go thru daylight savings time change. I hope you can get a good sleep patten started and go many more months without a migraine.

headhelp4mepls
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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 5/14/2013 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
It seems that my husbands migraines started when his sleep patterns started to mess up. He started taking long naps due to depression and started waking up a few days a week with a headache and then they stared to happen before he even took at nap. I believe that he was sleeping to much. He has daily headaches now and its has been this way for over a year now. His migraines comes everyday between 7Am and 4pm and is gone by midnight then he will stay up all night so he has his day and night mixed up, but the pain is so bad sleep is the only thing that helps. He has tried all the meds from botox to nerve blocks. some day he sleeps up to 16 hours a day. We have been reading a lot about oversleeping and migraines and have been talking about trying to get on a routine to see if it helps. But its so hard for him.
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