Sleep Apnea Treatment Improves Headaches
Many sleep disorders are associated with headaches, but sleep apnea is the one where treatment has been shown to be most effective. Studies have shown that, in addition to sleep apnea headaches, tension headaches, migraine headaches, and cluster headaches have all been shown to lessen in intensity and frequency after treatment for obstructive apnea.
Migraines in particular respond very well to sleep apnea treatment. Headache frequency may drop by over 90%. Headache duration may drop by over 85%. Headache intensity may drop by nearly 90%. Days lost at work may drop by 75%. And all this while medication use drops by over 95%! For migraine sufferers with sleep apnea, treatment can seem like a “magic bullet” that just takes away their migraine pain. It is far more effective than many targeted migraine treatments, and has fewer side effects, too!
Treatments to Avoid If You Suspect Sleep Apnea
People with sleep apnea are at an elevated risk for serious side effects when taking certain types of medication. Unfortunately, these are sometimes the medications that may be prescribed if a doctor suspects insomnia or another sleep disorder is related to your morning headaches. Sedative-hypnotic drugs (such as Ambien) may be dangerous when taken by people with sleep apnea.
Are You Looking for Headache Relief?
For many people with headaches, sleep apnea treatment can offer relief. Sleep apnea may not be the cause of your headaches, but it’s probably making them worse. If other treatments aren’t working for your headaches–or aren’t working well enough–sleep apnea treatment may be the secret to finally getting relief.
To learn more about how sleep apnea treatment can improve your headaches, please call (402) 493-4175 or click here to contact Dr. Roger Roubal, today for an appointment.