Rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep is the sweet spot of our sleep cycles, characterized by more dreaming, bodily movement, and faster heart rate and breathing than in other sleep stages.
In a meta-analysis of 32 studies, adults and children with migraines were less likely than healthy people without migraines to both subjectively and objectively get less quality sleep. The meta-analysis findings published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
"We wanted to analyze recent research to get a clearer picture of how migraines affect people's sleep patterns and the severity of their headaches," said one of the study's authors Dr. Jan Hoffman, a clinical senior lecturer in neurology at King's College London, in a statement.
"That way, clinicians can better support people with migraines and deliver more effective sleep treatments," added Hoffman, a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Hoffman consults for, serves on advisory boards of and has received honoraria from multiple pharmaceutical companies, but these activities aren't related to the submitted work, according to the authors.