How Your Gut and Sleep Affect Migraine

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Key Questions
  • How does sleep affect the brain?
  • What kind of information does a sleep study reveal?
  • Why is REM sleep important?
  • How common is sleep dysfunction in today’s world?
  • How does sleep affect migraine?
  • What are some of the effects of improved sleep?
  • How do you know whether symptoms like fatigue or brain fog are symptoms of migraine, or medication side effects?
  • How can people with migraine improve their quality of sleep?
  • What role do vitamins play in both sleep and pain?
  • What role does gut bacteria, or your microbiome, play in migraine and sleep?
  • Can better sleep be as simple as finding the right dose of Vitamin D?
Interview Notes
Stasha Gominak, MD

Stasha Gominak, MD

Retired Neurologist
Sleep Coach

Dr. Gominak attended college in California and medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, receiving her M.D. in 1983. She completed a neurology residency in 1989 at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. From 1991-2004 she practiced as a general neurologist in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2004, she moved with her husband to Tyler, Texas, and began to concentrate on treating neurological illness by improving sleep. She published a pivotal article in 2012 proposing that the global struggle with worsening sleep was linked to reduced sun exposure. In 2016, she followed with a second article linking the change in the intestinal microbiome to the epidemic of poor sleep, and described a simple process for normalizing sleep and the intestinal bacterial population, called RightSleep®.

In 2016, she retired from office practice to have more time to teach. She currently divides her time between teaching individuals through virtual coaching sessions and teaching clinicians from a wide variety of medical and dental fields. Her popular courses and lectures help clinicians improve their patients’ health and well-being by improving their sleep.

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