Stress, irregular sleep and clusters.

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Posted by Graham ( on August 14, 2000 at 20:00:12:

In Reply to: Years and years of this shit............... posted by Stew on August 14, 2000 at 16:42:42:

As I am a teacher there are periods of the year when I have major stress/workload. Subsequently, due to the holidays I get as a teacher, there are occasional times when I have far less stress. I am a chronic sufferer of four and a half years and I have found that I get far fewer attacks when I have lots of work and more stress. I believe, sincerely, that it is due to my sleeping patterns. When I have lots of work/stress I generally get a consistent amount of sleep of around six hours a night. Yes, I still get attacks but they are less frequent than when I am on holiday. As soon as I am on holiday, when I start sleeping in a little later (often getting 8-10 hours of sleep), I get hit far more. As soon as I start sleeping too much, or too little, I experience more clusters. For example, I went on holiday recently and experienced an 18-hour delay with my flight home. This meant that I got about 1.5 hours sleep one night. As soon as I woke up I got a major shadow. Subsequently, I consumed a shit load of painkillers as a preventative measure, as I knew I would be hit hard for the next few days, and I was! I dont believe that irregular sleeping causes clusters, but, certainly in my case, it is the number one trigger, behind alcohol. If I stay in bed too long I also get an attack. I feel that stress itself does not in any way aggravate clusters, but any consequential effect it may have on sleeping patterns does.

However, this is only my opinion!

Best Wishes,


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