A new study, led by Healint in partnership with King’s College London, aims to investigate a causal relationship between sleep disruption and the occurrence of migraine attacks. 

Researchers collected anonymized self-reported data from 11,166 global users of Healint’s Migraine Buddy application for the study. Previous studies on the relationship between sleep and migraine have had small samples or focused solely on one specific population at a one-time point, resulting in conflicting findings, according to a press release from Healint, a digital health company specializing in central nervous system disease management. 

The current study aims to reconcile this disparity and provide a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between sleep and migraine. According to Healint, the study’s methodology is unique in that it avoids bias associated with self-report questionnaires and issues with retrospective reporting.

“We are excited to partner with King’s College London on this groundbreaking study. At last, we will be able to move from simply observing the correlation between the sleep disturbance and the condition’s exacerbation and confirm the causation,” says Francois Cadiou, CEO and co-founder of Healint, in a press release. “This will open new treatment and relief opportunities in migraine as well as numerous other chronic conditions.”

“The findings of the study provide an important puzzle piece that significantly increases our understanding of the interaction between sleep and migraine and can be translated into the clinical management of both conditions. Further studies are now needed to elucidate the mechanisms that mediate this interaction,” said Jan Hoffmann, MD, clinical reader and honorary consultant in neurology at King’s College London, in a press release.

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