Could Your Bed be Causing Your Headaches?

OK, up front it’s important to acknowledge this is a blog about beds. While we are sleep specialists, we are not doctors or medical professionals! If you experience recurring headaches, or are diagnosed with migraine headaches, you should consult your primary care physician or a medical specialist to get a diagnosis. If your headaches are severe enough, you might call 9-1-1 for immediate help.

Having said that, there are a few resources we recommend that you check to read about the connections between headaches and sleep.

  • WebMd’s health news cites a UNC School of Medicine study, detailing how improving sleep habits are connected to a potential improvement for migraine sufferers. Read the full article here (http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/20060623/improve-sleep-habits-to-
    cut-migraines)
  • Read background on the original UNC School of Medicine study in this article: (https://www.unchealthcare.org/site/newsroom_OLD/news/2006/Jun/migraine)

The study points to some common behaviors to review to help improve your sleep and reduce instances of headache. Things like watching TV, listening to music or using the computer in bed; leaving your phone on for calls and texts; or eating/drinking within four hours of bedtime may contribute to headache and disturb your sleep.

Now, let’s talk about what your bed can do to add to this improved sleep scenario. If you find your current bed uncomfortable, too firm or too soft, or perhaps emitting odors, we invite you to discuss this with us at Green Dream Beds. Toxic off-gassing is a big concern these days as many of the chemicals emitted by mattresses can cause a variety of symptoms including headaches and allergic reactions, especially for those who are chemically sensitive.

We specialize in simply designed mattresses from manufacturers committed to organic sleep solutions, like Savvy Rest ® and Naturepedic ®. Once we get your firmness preference, we can discuss the benefits of using natural materials, free of petrochemicals, fire retardants, anti-microbial or anti-fungal agents, glues, resins or toxic outgassing.

Visit us anytime, by appointment, at Academy Court, 3401 University Drive in Durham. You can also call 919-321-1284 or visit us online at www.greendreambeds.com for details on making your choice for a new bed for your home.

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