Thursday, July 29, 2010

Proteins Key to Sleep Disturbed Morning Migranes

Researchers are learning more about why people with sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea often have morning headaches or migraines.

Findings show sleep deprivation leads to changes in certain proteins that play a key role in initiating and sustaining migraines. When increased, the proteins allow for the activity of nerves that transmit pain during migraines.

About a third of patients with obstructive sleep apnea get morning headaches. The headaches are most frequent in moderate and severe cases of OSA.

Treating obstructive sleep apnea can solve morning headaches 9 out of 10 times. An oral appliance may be the best answer for moderate cases. If you have headaches caused by OSA and want oral appliance therapy book an appointment with a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine.

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