Learning How to Sleep Better with Migraine

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Key Questions
  • Why is sleep so important for our mental and physical well-being?
  • What are the benefits of good sleep hygiene?
  • Are sleep issues common for people with migraine and other pain conditions?
  • How can we optimize our sleep?
  • What/how/why has sleep changed over the last few decades?
  • What is the association between chronic pain and poor sleep?
  • How does sleep affect our brain?
  • How does sleep deprivation affect us physically and mentally?
  • Does having migraine cause insomnia, or do bad sleep patterns increase the likelihood of migraine?
  • Can poor sleep increase our sensitivity to pain?
  • What are the most common sleep disorders, particularly for those who also have chronic pain?
  • Can migraine or migraine treatments increase daytime sleepiness, or is it simply the deficit of quality sleep?
  • What steps can be taken to achieve a deeper sleep?
  • What is the difference between sleepiness and fatigue?What are some recommendations for good sleep hygiene?
  • What can we do when migraine attacks wake us in the middle of the night?
  • What should we do when we wake up with morning headaches?
  • Is napping recommended?
  • What is cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), and is it helpful?
  • Which natural supplements do you recommend for improving sleep?
  • Do you recommend prescription medications for sleep? Are they effective?
Interview Notes

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Treatments Mentioned
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Ashwagandha
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)
  • Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Magnesium threonate
  • Melatonin
  • Zaleplon (Sonata)
  • Zolpidem (Ambien)

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Alex Dimitriu, MD

Psychiatrist & Founder
Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine (SiliconPsych)

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