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Polysomnography in Patients with Migraine
Watson D.B., et al.
Posted August 2003
Presented at: 45th Annual Scientific Meeting
American Headache Society

June 19-22, 2003; Chicago, Illinois

Objectives: To evaluate the prevalence of sleep disorders in patients with migraine headache.

Conclusions: These results reveal that patients with migraine headache who have symptoms suggestive of a sleep disturbance have a high prevalence of sleep disordered breathing, periodic limb movements of sleep, and poor sleep efficiency as documented on overnight polysomnography. Sleep disturbance may impact the control of or symptoms of migraine; therefore, clinicians need to query their patients regarding sleep complaints and have a low threshold to obtain polysomnography. This study raises important questions regarding the cause and effect relationship between headache and sleep disturbance, and these issues are worthy of further scientific study.