We all know the importance of getting enough ZZZs, but according to a report from The Huffington Post, people who suffer from migraines should always prioritize their sleeping hours. Apparently, there may be a link between sleep quality and headache frequency.
Researchers from the University of Mississippi surveyed 292 college students— 69.9 percent of whom were women with an average age of 19—about migraines, sleeping habits and quality, depression, and anxiety.
The results showed that 26.7 percent of the participants had episodic migraines, and 85.9 percent of them had poorer sleep quality compared with the 62 percent who didn’t suffer from debilitating headaches.
"Consistent with prior studies on chronic migraine, poor sleep quality is uniquely associated with episodic migraine, and this relationship is not solely attributable to comorbid psychiatric symptomatology," the researchers conclude.
If you regularly have a hard time drifting off, try lessening your activities prior to sleep. Keep away from screened devices such as televisions, mobile phones, tablets, and computers, and turn off the lights. For more tips on how you can better start snoozing, check out these 10 tips on how to get a good night's sleep.
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