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Understanding the Sleep-Headache Connection: How Poor Sleep Patterns Contribute to Cervicogenic Headaches

December 5, 2023

Discovering the Roots of Cervicogenic Headaches


In the quest for holistic well-being, understanding the intricate connections between various aspects of our health is crucial. One such connection that often goes unnoticed is the link between sleep patterns and headaches, specifically cervicogenic headaches. At Essendon Natural Health, we deeply understand this connection. Our team, led by Acupuncturist & Herbalist Robert Gentile, is dedicated to exploring and treating the root causes of such health concerns.


What Causes Cervicogenic Headaches?


Cervicogenic headaches are a type of headache originating from the cervical spine (or the neck region). Often mistaken for migraines or tension-type headaches, they present a unique challenge in diagnosis and treatment. But what causes cervicogenic headaches? Research and clinical experience point towards a range of factors, with poor sleep patterns being a significant contributor.


Cervicogenic Headaches


The Role of Sleep in Headache Development


Sleep is a critical restorative process for the body, affecting various physiological functions. Poor sleep quality or disturbances can lead to increased sensitivity to pain, muscle tension, and changes in nerve function. These factors can directly contribute to the development of cervicogenic headaches. In particular, the neck muscles – which are already prone to strain from daily activities – can become further stressed due to inadequate rest.


How Does Essendon Natural Health Approach This?


At Essendon Natural Health, our approach is rooted in traditional natural therapies complemented by the latest scientific research. Our practitioners specialise in identifying and treating specific conditions like cervicogenic headaches – we recognise that each individual’s experience with these headaches is unique, and therefore, our treatment plans are tailored to meet these specific needs.


Integrative Strategies for Relief


  • Natural Therapies: We employ a range of natural treatments, such as acupuncture and herbal remedies, known for their efficacy in managing pain and improving sleep quality.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Guidance on sleep hygiene and ergonomic adjustments play a crucial role in our treatment plans, aiming to rectify the underlying sleep disturbances contributing to cervicogenic headaches.
  • Collaborative Care: Believing in integrated care, we work alongside your General Practitioner and/or medical specialists to ensure a comprehensive approach to your health.


Take the First Step Towards Relief


If you’re struggling with headaches and believe poor sleep patterns might be a contributing factor, we invite you to contact our team at Essendon Natural Health. By understanding what causes cervicogenic headaches and addressing them through a blend of natural medicine and modern science, we aim to guide you towards lasting relief and improved well-being.


Contact our friendly reception staff at (03) 9337 8572 or book an appointment online. Let’s embark on a journey to better health together, where your well-being is our utmost priority.

Robert Gentile

B.C.M (Hons), C.Clin.Prac (China), C.Toyohari. Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Integrative Natural Medicine Practitioner.

Robert is a passionate and warm practitioner who has an extensive knowledge of integrative and functional natural medicine. He is down to earth and has an interest in organic foods, gardening and sustainable living. With over a decade of experience, he is renowned for being very thorough by both fellow practitioners and patients alike.