New Study Explores Relationship Between Stress and Migraine Incidence

New research published online in the journal Neurology® reports that migraine sufferers who experienced reduced stress from one day to the next are at significantly increased risk of migraine onset on the subsequent day. The findings may aid in recommending preventive treatments and behavioral interventions.

It has been thought that stress levels are positively associated with headache; this study, however, conducted by researchers at the Montefiore Headache Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, found that relaxation following heightened stress was an even more significant trigger for migraine attacks. The study authors write that these results highlight the importance of stress management and healthy lifestyle habits for people with migraine. Recommendations include being aware of rising stress levels and attempting to relax during periods of stress rather than allowing a major build up to occur. Behavioral interventions could include exercising or attending a yoga class or focusing on breathing for a few minutes.

Read a news story about the research here.

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