Sleep Disorders Can Lead to Migraine 

 February 20, 2022

By  Drs. David Hall & Troy Reistroffer

Migraine is a common condition for men and women alike. If you wonder where your migraine is coming from, we’re here to help! Along with the intense headache, migraine can also make you experience nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.

Luckily, a licensed chiropractor for migraine in Southaven can help you manage its debilitating symptoms and let you enjoy life again in the shortest amount of time possible. Studies have shown that psychiatric conditions and sleep disturbances are prevalent in migraineurs.


How Does Sleep Disturbance Affect Migraine?

Sleep disturbance is one of the leading migraine triggers. When you have to stay up longer than usual, it can result in a migraine attack the following day. Sleep deprivation can cause more severe and frequent attacks, so we recommend keeping a consistent sleep schedule. 

Sleeping longer than usual or extensively can also be a trigger. Again, consulting with a chiropractor for migraine in Southaven can help identify the possible causes of your sleep issues. Apart from the two we mentioned, different sleep issues are linked to migraine. Let’s explore them here.


It happens when a person has difficulty falling and staying asleep. Migraineurs tend to experience increased insomnia symptoms, including poor sleep quality and exhaustion even after sleeping. Since they get less sleep than ordinary people, they wake up earlier than usual and remain sleepy even during the day. 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This is a common type of sleep apnea, and it happens when you experience shallow or periodic breathing while sleeping, which results in frequently waking up. When you experience sleep apnea, you may also snore and get headaches. Sadly, you may end up waking up with migraine symptoms due to consistent distraction and reduced oxygen during your sleep.

Teeth Grinding

Commonly called bruxism, this causes pain in your jaw and head, and triggers migraines. Teeth grinding is also associated with episodic and chronic migraine. Movements in your jaw can result in headaches and migraine pain.

Restless Leg Syndrome

People experiencing migraine are at higher risk for restless leg syndrome. Uncomfortable sensations in the legs usually happen at night when sitting or lying down. Once you feel that uncomfortable feeling on your leg, you feel the urge to move, disrupting your sleep.


Other Possible Triggers of Migraines

Sensory Triggers

People who suffer from migraine usually experience episodes after being exposed to bright lights, loud sounds, strong smells, or other sensory triggers. When you experience sensory overload, you must prepare yourself for an unwanted yet unavoidable attack.


Stress triggers affect as many as 70% of people suffering from migraine. While being stressed is very common, finding a workaround to manage it can also help manage your migraine symptoms. Check with a chiropractor for migraine in Southaven if you have other underlying conditions adding to your stress.


Perhaps one of the easiest to control compared to other migraine triggers, be sure you drink the recommended daily amount of water to avoid dehydration. A safe amount is eight glasses of water daily, but you should increase your water intake to at least 12 glasses if you exercise or sweat excessively. In addition, other liquid drinks such as alcoholic and caffeinated beverages may dehydrate you more, so drink more water if you will be consuming those types of beverages.

Weather Changes 

Some people get migraine attacks during weather changes. Such changes cause an imbalance in the brain chemicals leading to migraine episodes.


Common Symptoms Accompanying Migraines

Throbbing Headache

When your headaches have a throbbing or pulsing sensation, this usually is a migraine symptom, a common and debilitating one at that. These throbbing headaches can be moderate to severe, and even slight movements can increase the pain. For the majority, these headaches are felt only on one side of the head, but others experience them on both sides. A chiropractor for migraine in Southaven can provide total relief for your throbbing headache.

Vision Changes

Migraine can also affect your vision and give you the feeling of seeing flashing lights or zigzag lines, having blurry or double vision, temporary loss of vision, and pain behind one eye prompting you to keep it closed.

Sensory Sensitivity

Do you prefer staying in quiet and dark places during your migraine episodes? It can be due to a high sensory sensitivity caused by this condition. Bright lights, loud sounds, and strong scents can trigger a migraine attack, but they can also make your current episode a lot worse. 

Neck Pain

This is usually an overlooked symptom because people who suffer from migraine are generally so consumed by headaches that they confuse neck pains as part of headaches. 

Nausea and Vomiting

Have you got big plans for the day? Be prepared for a major setback caused by nausea and vomiting. When combined with sensory sensitivity, you’ll probably choose to hole up in a dark, quiet room. Nausea is more common in migraine patients, and not all will lead to vomiting.

Dizziness or Vertigo

A specific migraine-type can send you to a spinning sensation related to dizziness or vertigo. Unfortunately, many people dealing with migraine end up suffering from vertigo and dizziness.


Set an Appointment with a Chiropractor for Migraine in Southaven

Don’t let migraine symptoms take over your daily life. Instead, consult with a chiropractor for migraine in Southaven for a safe and natural approach in managing your migraines.

A licensed chiropractor can identify if a misalignment in your upper cervical spine is causing your migraines and will make precisely calculated adjustments to bring back the body functions to normal, reducing or eliminating your migraine episodes.

Contact Desoto Upper Cervical to schedule your appointment at (662) 393-4848.


Drs. David Hall & Troy Reistroffer

Our philosophy is that the nervous system controls and coordinates every organ and cell in the body. Our purpose is to educate and lead patients toward better health through the natural healing process. When you're ready to see the difference Upper Cervical Chiropractic can make to your overall wellbeing, give us a call at (662) 393-4848. We're here to serve you!

Drs. David Hall & Troy Reistroffer

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