Migraine headaches with CPAP

Will cpap treatment bring on a migraine headache? It seems my migraines come more often when using cpap.


It shouldn't exist migraine headaches with CPAP. Most patients with sleep apnea have fewer migraines when they start using CPAP treatment.
However, if you have now a different pressure settings on your CPAP machine, then it must be a reason for your headaches.

Regarding sleep apnea, the main reason for migraines is the oxygen deprivation of your brain (hypoxemia). The CPAP machine should deliver enough oxygen to make you feel better. Other causes may be:

  • hypercapnia

  • increased intracranial pressure

  • sleep disturbance caused by depression

  • change in cerebral blood flow

You can learn more about sleep apnea headaches here.

Regarding your CPAP treamtent, maybe you have a leak or a differet pressure setting.

Have you thought to see again a sleep technician? He can detect the differences.

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I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back.

Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide

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Aug 13, 2010
by: Anonymous

I get migranes now and than, but when I started using my Cpap I had one for 5 days-this has never happened before. I stopped taking pills after the 5th pill gave no results. I stopped the cpap and am fine. Afriend suggested that the pressure setting was to high causing to much pressure on the sinus cavity (which is another reason for some migranes) I cant figure out how to change the pressure and a trip to the clinic is way to far down the road!!

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