If you’re one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from migraine headaches, you probably already know that if your sleep routine is thrown off, you’re asking for head-whanging trouble.
New research suggests that the migraine-sleep connection goes far deeper than that, and revolves around the brain’s hypothalamus, which helps control our body clocks among other functions.
The Dana Foundation, which supports brain research, has just posted an intriguing scientific yarn about how insights gained from a family of extreme “morning larks” — as in, up at 4:30 every morning, asleep by 7:30 at night — may help point to a better understanding of migraine that could lead to better treatments. Read the full story here. The crux:
The spark of insight that brought the two fields together occurred recently when migraine researcher Robert Shapiro realized that his patient, who was seeing him for migraine with aura, was a member of an extended Vermont family of extreme morning larks. Continue reading