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31 08 2017 Is Your Daily Morning Headache Linked to Your Nightly Snoring?

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Is Your Daily Morning Headache Linked to Your Nightly Snoring?

Sunday 3 September begins National Migraine Awareness Week. Even if you don’t suffer debilitating migraines, you might still wake up with morning headaches. So is there a connection between your morning headaches and your snoring?

Migraine headaches are said to be the third most common disease in the world suffered by 1 in seven people world-wide.

In the UK an estimated 25 million people snore. That’s not far off 1 in every 2 adults. So it might not surprise you that many people who experience migraine headaches also snore.

But is there more to it than mere coincidence?

A Significant Number of Snorers also Wake Up with A Sore Head

Cephalagia is a medical journal focused on the diagnosis and management headaches. In a study of 268 regular snorers, the journal published the results of research into any link between snoring and morning headaches.

The research team found that 23.5% – almost 1 in 4, snorers reported waking up with a morning headache. In just under 1 in 5 – 19%, the severity of their headache reached the criteria for a migraine attack.

The survey also revealed a strong link between morning headaches and the sleep related breathing disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA sufferers, whose condition is often marked by sudden, violent snoring were very nearly 3 times more likely to suffer morning headaches than those not diagnosed with OSA.

Can Stop Snoring Treatments Reduce Your Migraine Risk?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)* is a sleep related breathing disorder characterised by loud, almost explosive snoring. The standard treatment for this condition is known as Continuous, Positive Air Pressure (CPAP).

CPAP therapy involves the patient sleeping with a mask linked to air pump.

Other, less invasive treatments, including the Snoreeze Oral Device are designed also act by supporting collapsed airways. Any improvement in morning headaches, obtain using CPAP, might be also be anticipated using other snoring relief aids.

Results of further research, published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, indicated that of the 33 OSA patients who used snore-reducing CPAP, 13 (40%) reported headache reduction while 10 OSA declared themselves free of migraine.

Because snoring is also a sleep related breathing disorder, research seems to suggest freeing-up your sleep-time breathing could contribute to a reduction in morning headaches including migraine.

Stop-Snoring Options to Ease and Free-up Breathing While You Sleep

The Snoreeze Snoring Relief System is a range of snoring relief nasal and throat sprays, throat rinses, dissolve in the mouth oral tabs and external-support nasal strips. Snoreeze Snoring relief aids targets your snoring by keeping your airways open and stimulating the natural hydration of your nasal and throat lining.

For heavy snoring, such as that typical of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)*, the Snoreeze Oral Device helps maintain a free and silent airflow through the airways of the nose and throat.

*Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. If you suspect you have OSA, we recommend you see your doctor.

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Question

Would you like to take a brief questionnaire to see your sleep aponea risk levels?

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Question One of Eight

Complete the following clinically approved screening questionnaire to find out if you are at risk of suffering from sleep apnoea.

Do you snore loudly? (Louder than talking, or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)

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Question Two of Eight

Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime?

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Question Three of Eight

Gender - Are you male?

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Question Four of Eight

Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?

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Question Five of Eight

Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

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Question Six of Eight

Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 35?

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Question Seven of Eight

Are you over the age of 50?

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Question Eight of Eight

Is your neck circumference greater than: Male - 17" or 43cm? Female - 15" or 41cm?

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Question Eight of Eight

You are at
risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).