Study proves migraines can affect sleep cycle
Washington, US - September 26, ANI : A new study has found that adults and children with migraines may get less sleep quality and less REM sleep time than those who don't have migraines.The findings of the study were published in 'Neurology', the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.Children with migraines were also found to get less total sleep time than their healthy peers but took less time to fall asleep.Rapid Eye Movement, REM, sleep is the stage of sleep that involves the most brain activity and vivid dreams. It is important for learning and memory function."Do migraines cause poor sleep quality or does poor sleep quality cause migraines?" said meta-analysis author Jan Hoffmann, MD, PhD, of King's College London in the United Kingdom and a member of the American Academy of Neurology."We wanted to analyse recent research to get a clearer picture of how migraines affect people's sleep patterns and the severity of their headaches. That way, clinicians can better support people with migraines and deliver more effective sleep treatments," added Hoffmann.For the meta-analysis, researchers included 32 studies, involving 10,243 people.Participants completed a questionnaire to rate their own sleep quality. It asked about sleep habits, including how long it takes to fall asleep, total sleep time and the use of sleep aids. Higher scores indicate worse sleep quality.