Scientists from the Missouri State University’s Center for Biomedical & Life Sciences have found new research to suggest sleep deprivation leads to changes in the levels of key proteins that facilitate events involved in the underlying pathology of migraine.
“Previous clinical data support a relationship between sleep quality and migraine,” said Paul L. Dunham, Ph.D. “so we used an established model of sleep deprivation to measure levels of proteins that lower the activation threshold of peripheral and central nerves involved in pain transmission during migraine. We found that REM sleep deprivation caused increased expression of the proteins p38, PKA, and P2X3, which are known to play an important role in initiating and sustaining chronic pain.”
“So little is known about the biological mechanisms that underlie how certain factors trigger a migraine attack,” said David Dodick, M.D., “This is important work and this Missouri State team should be applauded for beginning to shed light on an area desperately in need of investigation.”
While I don’t personally have exactly a migraine, I have had a headache 24/7 since June 2006, 2 days after the extraction of all four of my wisdom. I have noticed, on the few days necessarily when I was in college, that yes sleep deprivation would increase the intensity and pain I felt from my chronic headache. Understanding the biological mechanisms of migraine is of course important in being able to help prevent and treat migraine and potentially other forms of headache like the one I suffer from all the time since my wisdom teeth were removed.
Source: American Headache Society