Excessive Yawning May Precede Migraine Pain

December 14, 2011

If you suffer from chronic migraines, you probably try to pay attention to physical signs that warn you about an oncoming attack so that you can begin migraine treatment as soon as possible. And while you may know what many of your migraine triggers are (certain foods, caffeine, red wine, bright lights, loud noises, etc.), new medical research shows a correlation between migraine pain and an unexpected culprit — yawning.

In a study published in Medical Hypothesis, researchers at Princeton University and the University of Maryland report that excessive yawning often precedes migraine headaches.  While the study was originally conducted to determine the effect of yawning on lowering brain temperature (your brain actually functions better when it’s cooler), the connection between yawning and migraine pain was discovered, along with a connection to epilepsy.

Now the researchers hope this new information can help chronic migraine sufferers, too.  Excessive yawning can be a reminder for individuals to begin a preventive migraine treatment before the onset of a full-blown chronic migraine headache. These migraine treatments might include prescription medications, relaxation techniques or other measures to fend off a painful headache.

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