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What’s Causing Your Migraine?

Pulling an All-Nighter

Pulling an All-Nighter

Next time you’re tempted to stay out late despite having an early wake-up call the next day, ask yourself if it’s worth the pain of a migraine. Lack of sleep is a known trigger. Pain researchers from Missouri State University found that rats deprived of REM sleep secreted high levels of proteins that arouse the nervous system — and trigger pain — and low levels of proteins that shut those pain reactions down.

However, getting too much sleep can also cause migraines. Aim for a happy medium by establishing a sleep routine and then sticking to it. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same times each day, and make sure to power off your electronic devices before bed. Keep track of your Zzzz’s with MedHelp’s free  sleep tracker and take a look at these secrets to a better night’s sleep to get you started. 

By Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie. Published July 30, 2012. Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie is a health and fitness writer in Syracuse, NY and author of Tone Every Inch (Rodale, 2012).