A new study has found signs that indicate hours in advance that you are about to get a migraine – giving people time to prepare and possibly avoid the painful condition. The new study found that sleep quality changes and low energy levels one day are associated with migraine headaches the next morning.
And higher energy and stress levels typically precede a migraine later that same day. The study, published in Neurology, was derived from weeks of health assessments, CNN reports. Predictors of migraines during evaluations included subjective rated mood, anxiety, stress, energy, and sleep quality alongside sleep duration and efficiency, reports The Express.
Dr. Stewart Tepper, vice president of the New England Institute for Neurology and Headache in Stamford, Connecticut, said: “It’s a very exciting study because of how well done and how detailed and how large it is,” according to CNN.
Tepper added: “If we can identify things in the environment that people can change, then we’d like to be able to prevent the attack in the first place. If we can do that with behavioral intervention, then they may be able to prevent it by either going to sleep to offset it or some other intervention that would prevent us from having to use medication to prevent the attack.”
Tepper added that incoming migraine symptoms can manifest themselves through conditions like neck pain or fatigue.
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