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Why Do I Keep Waking Up with a Headache?

Maribel Cordova-Ramirez - Monday, February 27, 2017

Do you find yourself waking up with a headache on a regular basis? You know how disruptive and uncomfortable it can be. Headache pain can throw off your day before it’s even had a chance to get started, creating stress that lasts from morning to night.

Many people suffer from “morning headaches,” but there is no one specific cause or disorder that make them happen. Instead, sufferers could be dealing with a whole host of medical issues. To treat the headache, it’s crucial to start by diagnosing the real cause.

“Why Do I Wake Up With a Headache?”

What causes morning headaches? Five major causes account for the majority of these episodes:

Tension Headache

A tension headache is felt as a dull, aching pain accompanied by pressure or tightness. It can manifest on the forehead, temples or the back of the head. Tension headaches are most common in the morning and tend to taper off during the day. Stress and anxiety may be major contributors.

Difficulty Sleeping

If you regularly experience trouble sleeping, it can cause problems throughout your body. Blood pressure, hormone production and  more are affected. This may lead to a number of symptoms, one of which is headache. Improving your sleep patterns and getting more restful sleep can help. Of course, this is easier said than done!

Blood Sugar

During sleep, your blood sugar naturally declines. This can especially wreak havoc for diabetes sufferers. Sometimes, headaches caused by blood sugar can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Luckily, a healthy breakfast usually solves the problem fast.

Teeth Grinding

Many people grind their teeth during the night. This disorder, called bruxism, is a medical mystery, but stress, nutrition, and personality factors can be in play. The sufferer might not realize there’s a problem until a sleeping partner mentions it. A specialized dental appliance can prevent grinding.

Cluster Headaches

These ultra-painful headaches often wake sufferers in the middle of the night. They usually start “clustered” around one eye, but can also be felt in the face, neck and shoulders. Swelling of the eye, sweating and sinus pressure on the same side as the headache are common.

New Jersey Headache Institute

Many people can achieve lasting relief or even complete freedom from morning headaches – but only with personalized, expert treatment. To find out more, contact New Jersey Headache Institute.



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