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Episodic Migraines Not Linked to Subsequent Sleep Disturbances


Key clinical point: Occurrence of headache is not associated with subsequent sleep period characterized by shorter sleep duration, higher sleep disruption, or poorer sleep quality in adults with episodic migraine.

Major finding: The average nightly objective sleep duration, efficiency, and wake after sleep onset (WASO) were 7.3±1.2 hours, 89.5%±3.3%, and 44.8±17.0 minutes, respectively. Objective sleep duration was 7.3 (95% confidence interval, 1.5-13.0) minutes longer on nights after a headache day vs. nights on headache-free days. Actigraphically assessed sleep efficiency and WASO did not differ on nights after headache days vs. headache-free days.

Study details: A prospective cohort study of 98 adults (mean age, 35 years, with an average of five migraine headaches/month) with episodic migraine who provided 4,406 days of data; actigraphic sleep data were assessed for six weeks.

Disclosures: This study was funded by grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and received financial contributions from Harvard University and its affiliated academic healthcare centers. Dr. Bertisch reported receiving research support from Merck, Sharpe & Dohme, ApniMed and Lockheed Martin and served as a consultant for Verily.

Citation: Vgontzas A et al. Sleep. 2020 Jan 13. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsaa001.

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