Headaches, four reasons you just can’t shake them
19 Oct 2017
Headaches are pretty awful at any time, but waking up with a pounding head in the morning … not cool! Unfortunately, you aren’t the only person who struggles with these. Morning headaches are in fact quite common.
Sometimes headaches just happen and you don’t experience them again, count yourself lucky in those instances. but if you’re regularly getting morning head pain, there might be a specific cause—which also means there might be a way to prevent them from happening.
Potential headaches & causes
1. You might actually suffer from migraines.
The most common time of day for migraines to surface is between 4 and 9 a.m. It is during this time, that your body tends to produce fewer endorphins and enkephalins. These are a form of natural pain-killers. Another natural hormone which comes into play in the morning is adrenaline. Adrenaline is known to be released in higher amounts during the early morning hours impacting our blood pressure, dilation or contraction of the blood vessels. As a result could be the indirect cause or prompt of a migraine.
Migraines are known to have a genetic link, meaning there’s not much you can do to control whether or not you get them, but you can manage them effectively with your healthcare practitioner. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe medication that can help.
2. Maybe you have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition that causes people to have pauses during their sleep. If you repeatedly stop breathing during your sleep, it is almost guaranteed you will wake up with a headache. A headache is due to lack of oxygen and increased blood pressure that can develop in your head.
Because it can be tough to know if you have sleep apnea on your own, we suggest you consider a home-based sleep study to assess your condition.
3. Perhaps you’re going through caffeine withdrawal.
People who have multiple cups of coffee throughout the day can experience withdrawal similar to other drugs like alcohol. A big part of that is a raging headache. A possible solution is to gradually decrease how much caffeine you have over time.
4. You could be grinding your teeth at night.
Grinding your teeth can cause tension in your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connects your lower jaw to your skull in front of your ear. The constant pressure on your teeth and jaw leads to tension, which can spark a headache. One of the best solutions is injectables to relax the muscles preventing the grinding.
If you occasionally wake up to a headache, it’s probably not the end of the world. But if it happens regularly, it really is time to talk to your doctor. Find what’s causing them—and treat it.