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HeadWay, Issue #189 Your Questions: Fragmented Sleep (and something Koool)
May 21, 2020
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Your Questions: Fragmented Sleep (and something Koool)
At Headache and Migraine News
Your Questions: Fragmented Sleep (and something Koool)Thanks for your responses to the March newsletter about sleep. I would like to highlight a couple of follow-up questions/comments, so that we have some more to talk about. :)
Angela from the USA wrote in that she struggles with "fragmented sleep" every night, and she feels this is a big part of her struggle with chronic migraine.
Jan, also from the USA, has also struggled with fragmented sleep, saying that she has noticed the pattern of a migraine attack two days later. I'm going to quote a significant portion of her message:
...here's another quirk to my pattern... if I sleep over 4 or 5 hours at a time, I also get a migraine. So when I would sleep a full 8 hours without interruption, I would end up with a 3 day super bad migraine. So... I started setting an alarm for the middle of the night to wake me up to pee and have a drink of mineral water and then back to bed and hopefully sleep. This usually works, but there are times when I can't get back to sleep and then I have a migraine from that.
She finishes by saying that she does pay special attention to "sleep hygiene", trying to cover the basics that we've all heard.
These are big topics that we're only going to start talking about today. But here are a few things to think about:
Susanne from the USA wrote this kind note that I want to share with you. "Be koool migraine strips have been a wonderful aid in cutting short attacks for me. I found out about them from you, and I thank you!"
Thanks, Susanne! I'm simply sharing that because I personally have really appreciated Be Koool for Migraine, and I think many readers will find them helpful if they haven't already tried them.
At Headache and Migraine NewsA few recent articles that you might want to check out:
Say what?! Sleep EfficiencySleep Efficiency is a metric that is used in sleep tests. Contrary to what one might guess, it has nothing to do with how deeply you're sleeping (at least, not directly).
Sleep efficiency is calculated by taking the total time of sleep - no matter what "stage" of sleep you're in - and dividing it by time in bed. It's then multiplied by 100 to give you a percentage.
For example, if I am in bed for 8 hours, but I'm only asleep for 6.5 hours (maybe it took me hald an hour to get to sleep, and then I was up for an hour in the night), I'll have a sleep efficiency of 6.5/8=0.8125x100= 81.25% sleep efficiency.
A sleep specialist would probably see that as a little low - you usually want 85% or higher.
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