Why do I get Migraine Attacks on the Weekend and Letdown Migraine?

letdown migraine and weekend migraine

A letdown migraine is triggered by stress, weekends, or events. I typically get a migraine at the end of the week and spend most of my weekend with a migraine.  The same goes for after big events or a stressful time.

Letdown Migraine Attacks

I have a schedule.  I run things like clockwork in order to keep my children and me on track Monday through Friday.  Being on a schedule is huge for children and good for my migraines.  We know what to expect and are able to prepare. During the week, I have a consistent sleep schedule am sure to hydrate often. I try to drink 20-30 ounces of water by lunch. If I’m off, I’m consistent and try to get back on track. I typically eat breakfast and lunch at the same time and foods I know make my body feel well.

After work, I let go of work stress by hanging out with my kids and although they are a lot of work, they are a great loving distraction to weekday anxiety. Although my children’s interests can be hectic, I try to schedule only a few activities during the week and limit screen time.

Although I control my triggers during the week, I still get headaches, after school and in the evenings before bed. These weekday letdown migraines are from teaching, the letdown stress of the day, and using all my spoons hopefully not taking from the next day.  Believe it or not, this happens to me most days.

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Weekend Migraine Attacks

Weekend headaches are bad but weekend migraines are the worst. Headaches are just a part of migraine. On the weekends I have freedom from my everyday tasks, yet I spend a lot of my weekend with a letdown migraine.  Most of the time, I have headaches on days off of work. My sleep schedule is off and I am triggered by too little sleep and too much.  I eat unhealthily and at different times than I do during the week.  I go to events with my family that often trigger me through light, sound, and activity.  Everything adds up to a migraine.

Migraine after Stressful Event

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Along with a letdown migraine from the week, I get migraines from the letdown of stress.  This means, when I am stressed, I can get through the event relatively well but once it’s over, my migraine spikes, and I’m bedridden.  Think holidays, vacations, work events, etc.

When my husband travels, I get a migraine both before and after his trip.  I get one in preparation of being on my own for a week with two small children and have one once he gets home for the same reason.  During the week, I go into what I call “turbo mode” and face life as it’s thrown at me.  I am super scheduled and exhausted but typically can make it a few days before the migraine letdown of stress. Even if I’m not worried, had a typical week, and have no issues during the week of travel, a letdown migraine occurs.  Even when I think I have things handled, my body still punishes me for using too many spoons.

Letdown migraines come from life’s many ups and downs.  A spike in life results in a spike of migraine pain. The organization of the week results in a weekend migraine when it all comes crashing down at the end of the week. It’s all your body saying….too much, slow down, now stop! Migraine time.

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Sarah Rathsack

Sarah tells stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. Her kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate her to make a difference in the Migraine World.

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  1. Jessica on April 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This is the first blog site I have visited for migraines and I’m really glad I discovered it. Yesterday (Sunday) I had the worst migraine attack yet. I always end up getting migraines on a Friday or Sunday and it is such a let down because it means I can not spend time with my husband or I miss out on fun activities. I have always wonder why I ended up getting them on the weekend when it made more sense to get the during the week since the weekdays are filled with stress and busy schedules. After reading your post it makes so much sense. I am off my daily routine. Which means I’m not on regular eating or sleeping schedules.

    I am sharing the case of the Monday’s with you too. After my attacks I usually still feel sick but most of all I’m emotionally drained. I feel really sad and scared.

    Finding a blog like this and reading stories from people who are dealing with the same stuff really makes a difference. Reading about things that you thought you were the only one having those same ‘though’ or experiences, it helps to not feel alone in this.

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. mymigrainelife on April 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Your comments help me just as much, Jessica. Thanks!!! It’s comments like yours that tell me I’m not alone & my writing is helping. Thank you again!

  3. Amy Bobbitt on April 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I so understand your let down stress migraine cycle. I only work the weekend sad as a RN but on Sunday night or Monday morning I get a migraine. My hubbie knows my kids know but it is so frustrating!!!
    And I totally understand the vacation migraines. Not only do I get a bad stress let down but I get good stress let down migraines. So I am at the start of my vacation with a migraine.

  4. mymigrainelife on April 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Sounds like we have a lot in common. Wish it was something better than migraines though ????

  5. Vicky on February 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Just want to say thank you.
    It’s just so nice to finally come across someone who understands what I’m going through.
    Currently seeing a neurologist and even though I spent hours going over every aspect of my lifestyle, he put my migraines down to my periods. No no no, how about LIFE triggers my migraines, now help me cope with them! Anyway I digress.
    Thank you for your insight, I read your words and I think “ah that happens with me too” and it helps me understand my condition a little more.

  6. mymigrainelife on February 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Vicky, thank you so much for your kind words! That’s exactly why I started my blog…we aren’t alone! For so long I thought I was crazy and the more I learn, the more I learn I’m not doing this by myself. So many of us suffer and doctors don’t tend to treat the full person. It’s called my migraine life because it touches every aspect of what I do! Thank you for reading & supporting!! Your comment fuels me to fight and write more 🙂

  7. ejrebel on February 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Yep, I get letdown migraines frequently. Its one of my triggers. Try to keep to the same sleep schedule as well as you can, over sleeping is a huge trigger for a lot of people. I use the Migraine Buddy app to help show my triggers which helps show the doctors too because you can print out reports. Right there with ya

  8. Jayne on February 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I get them too. Mine are definitely in response to adrenaline spikes which I get from stress but also from my system over compensating for my low blood pressure/blood pooling issue. Most times I get slammed with them the day after I’ve either done too much or the weather has been too hot.

  9. Becca G. on March 8, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    This Totally explains why I always spend an off day with a migraine! And likely why they’ve actually lessened since I started working a second job and only have Mondays off. I was having one every 2-3 days, then went Almost 3 weeks without one, then have had 3 (4?) in the last two weeks. I honestly don’t even know how to cope with just a regular headache, they almost freak me out! It’s a little funny actually. Lol

  10. Jessica on May 4, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I get let down migraines all of the time! Didn’t realize it was “a thing” until I read your post and all of the comments here. Feels good to know I’m not alone. I’m a mom too and can’t help but have busy days, out of town trips for sports tournaments, family events for bday parties, holidays, etc. All of which trigger let down migraines. Doctor wants me to try Botox injections. Have you ever had this or know anything about it? Thanks again for your writings.

  11. mymigrainelife on May 4, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I have gotten Botox for a long time. It is hit or miss in the help it gives me but is the best preventative for me. All the others gave me big side effects. Thank for reading!

  12. Jessica on May 4, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Thanks! I’m down to only a couple migraines a month and I’m wondering if Botox will even prevent those few because everything I am reading says it’s for chronic migraine (15+ a month.)

  13. Sally Harrold on July 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Reading this blog has given me a new insight into my migraines. They’ve always asked me if anyone in my family has suffered from them and I’ve always said no, but now I’m beginning to think my dad may have been a migraine sufferer, too. He had headaches nearly every weekend. My sister and I became experts at neck massage because of him. I know they were stress related, but migraine may have been a factor as well.

  14. mymigrainelife on July 17, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Sounds like a probable conclusion to me. Sorry you aren’t free bit glad I’m helping 🙂

  15. Amy Ewald on November 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Mommy Has A Migraine and commented:
    I too get Letdown Migraines! They seem unavoidable!!!! I try, but they find me!

  16. mymigrainelife on November 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I don’t know how to avoid them either.

  17. Invisibly Me on January 19, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I used to get these a few years ago, back when my migraines weren’t so frequent. It was typically a weekend, too, because of the stress of the week and the exhaustion I imagine. However, now, it’s a total free for all, no rhyme or reason, just a regular occurrence that gets annoying with its unpredictability. xx

  18. mymigrainelife on January 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    The unpredictability is so hard. It stops me from making plans in fear and knowing I’ll have to cancel.

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  20. Diane on August 26, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve often noticed I get a migraine after stressful events but didn’t know it was a thing. I recently had 2 very stressful weeks of work, where I ended up having a stomach bug the begining of the first week, and then a family medical emergency in the middle. I powered through the week and when I got to the weekend and things were calm – bam I’m on day 2 of a migraine. Knowing I’m not the only one that gets the letdown migraine makes me feel less alone (and less crazy).

  21. Sarah Rathsack on August 26, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    You aren’t crazy at all! Or alone! I sometimes am amazed at what my body and brain can ‘push through’ and then bam…Days gone due to migraine attacks

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