Headaches

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    Nov 16, 2008 12:29 AM GMT
    I was just wondering if drastic changes in sleep habits could cause massive headaches. Here is a little background.

    First of all, I do suffer from cluster headaches, but I was on medication for it until I could learn my triggers. Once I learned the two (metabolism and alcohol) I avoid not going more than 2 hrs without food and I don't drink alcohol anymore.

    The cluster headaches stopped and with the consent of my doctor I slowly stopped medication and life was great. With my precautions I didn't suffer any pain for about 7 months (with the exception of 1 or 2 headaches here at there).

    (On a side note, if you have never had a cluster headache, they are board line migraines except we don't get nauseous. People who suffer from clusters have been reported to try place the pain in other spots of the body so there are stories of people ripping doors down, punching holes through walls, peeling nails off their fingers etc.. They suck, but I am glad I am not a migraine sufferer.)

    This week has been different. Everyday from 1-2 PM I get one and they are just excruciating. What has really changed in my life is my sleep pattern. I used to be in bed by 11-midnight and up by 8. Now (because of certain circumstances that I could elaborate on), I am not supposed to arrive on campus until noon. Thus, I find myself staying up until 3,4 in the morning working as I would have had I gotten up at 8 like I did before. I get up at 10 now, lounge around, eat a hearty breakfast and then truck up to school to get to my classroom to teach by noon.

    Is it common that this change in sleep cycle has caused my cluster headaches to relapse?

    Thanks

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    Nov 16, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    I can't speak for cluster headaches or migraines, but if I stay in bed too long past my normal waking time I do frequently develop a headache. Skipping a meal (particularly breakfast) and not drinking enough water can also bring one on for me.
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    Nov 16, 2008 4:58 AM GMT
    thanks, good things for me to think of