the importance of rest - possibly connected to seratonin levels

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Posted by gary ( on January 20, 2000 at 23:31:11:

In Reply to: Cluster Headaches Serotonin posted by Christy on January 20, 2000 at 19:15:23:

I HAVE absolutely proved, to my own satisfaction anyway, that getting plenty of good sleep is an invaluable tool in combatting/reducing the attacks

suspected this before, but never tracked it
THIS cluster I've been watching closely:

on 5 occasions, in this cluster, for one reason or another I have pretty much gone without sleeping or very little sleep -
in EACH of these 4 occasions the attacks increased dramtically in frequency & intensity

then the situation improved when I finally got through a couple days with good rest included - staying at a tolerable level UNTIL I screwed up the sleep again

my single biggest tactic now is to do whatever it takes to get a good continuous sleep in every 24 hours

I suspect this has a LOT to do with why the damned clusters seem to run away on us when we start in on the attacks during sleep -
it's a nasty circle (can't ever spell vish-us correctly)-

the lack of sleep makes the cluster worse, which prevents sleep, and on we go

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