J Sleep Med.  2020 Dec;17(2):101-107. 10.13078/jsm.200026.

Migraine and Sleep Disorders: A Narrative Review

  • 1Department of Neurology, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Headaches and sleep problems are burdensome in daily life. They can co-occur and aggravate each other. The prevalence of sleep disorders is high in chronic headache and migraine patients, suggesting a close clinical relationship between these conditions. Structures from the brainstem to the cerebral cortex are related to sleep and headache modulation. In addition, various neurochemicals are related to and overlapped in the modulation of sleep and headache. In this paper, we briefly review the association between migraine and sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep-related breathing disorders, central disorders of hypersomnolence, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorder, parasomnias, and sleep-related movement disorders.

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