Five things you need to know about morning headaches


Whether it's when you wake up or when you wake up early, morning headaches are obviously not the ideal way to start the day. They are relatively common and occur under various conditions. Some types of primary headache, such as migraine or cluster headache, often cause morning headache. They can also occur in other situations, from drug overuse or caffeine withdrawal to sleep disorders to molars. Brain tumors, severe pulmonary diseases and hypoglycemia are uncommon causes. Your doctor can determine the cause of your morning headache and recommend appropriate treatment.


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Primary headache is a common cause of another disease known as primary headache. Pain. Migraine may occur at any time, but usually begins at night or in the morning. A study of 1698 migraine patients published in the June 1998 issue of the Journal of Headache found that 48% of migraines occurred between 4:00 and 9:00 a.m. Migraine usually causes throbbing pain on one side of the head, accompanied by nausea, and worsened by exposure to L-HT. Light. They may have aura neurological symptoms, such as flashing light.

Cluster headache is an attack that usually stings behind one eye for 15 to 180 minutes. They are associated with runny nose or stuffy nose, ipsilateral tearing or blepharoptosis. Cluster headache occurs one or more times a day, but more than half of it occurs at night or in the morning. As discussed in the medical literature Sleep Disorders, two nighttime peaks have been identified: one between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and the other between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.


h3>Drug abuse and caffeine withdrawal may be the main causes of headache. When drugs are frequently used or dosage increases, morning headache may follow. The headache caused by overuse of these drugs, also known as drug-induced or drug-induced rebound headache, is due to the gradual disappearance of drug effects during sleep, resulting in a drug withdrawal response. Drug overuse of headaches may be more common than people realize. According to an American Family Doctor review in December 2004, about one third of chronic daily headache patients overuse drugs. Caffeine withdrawal is also a similar phenomenon. People who consume too much caffeine tend to have morning headaches overnight. Caffeine withdrawal can also lead to overuse of drugs for headaches, as caffeine is a component of some common headache drugs. Examples include over-the-counter painkillers, including aspirin or paracetamol plus caffeine (anaxin, excessive caffeine, potent drugs) and prescription headache drugs, including butotel, paracetamol and caffeine (fluriser, zebral alcohol).

Sleep disorders often cause morning headache, characterized by repeated apnea during sleep, often associated with morning headache. The Journal of Headache and Pain, published in June 2015, studied 235 OSAS patients and found that 20% of them had morning headaches. In other studies, up to 74% of OSAS sufferers had morning headaches. OSAS headache is usually characterized by uncomfortable pressure on both sides of the head, similar to tension headache. How OSAS triggers morning headaches is uncertain. Possible explanations include low oxygen or high carbon dioxide levels in the blood, or sleep disruption caused by partial awakening during apnea. People with OSAS are usually overweight and have other symptoms, such as excessive daytime sleepiness and snoring. Other sleep disorders, such as insomnia, periodic limb movements during sleep, sleepwalking and sleep paralysis, may also be associated with morning headache. Sleep interruptions associated with these disorders can lead to morning headaches. Molars and sinus infections are sometimes the source of molars or molars during sleep, which may lead to morning headaches. These headaches are usually located around the temporomandibular joint connecting the upper and lower jaws. Sleep-related bruxism headache may be associated with other symptoms, such as jaw locking or excessive tooth wear. Sinus infection is another cause of headache, which tends to be more severe when lying down. This can lead to morning headaches, although sinus headaches may occur at other times of the day. Nasal obstruction and runny nose, as well as cough, are other symptoms, indicating possible sinus infections. Serious diseases

are uncommon causes. Brain tumors may cause morning headaches, as lying down can lead to increased intracranial pressure. Elevated intracranial pressure often causes nausea and vomiting. In adults with brain tumors, neurological symptoms such as weakness, numbness or epilepsy usually occur during headache attacks. According to an American family doctor review in December 2004, less than 10% of brain tumors suffer headaches without other symptoms.

People with severe lung diseases, such as advanced chronic lung disease (copd), may also have morning headaches. This is mainly due to the increase in carbon dioxide content in the body during sleep, resulting in increased blood flow to the brain. Sleep interruption, usually accompanied by severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, can also lead to morning headaches.

Hypoglycemia is another possible cause of morning headache. This may occur especially in diabetic patients who receive high doses of insulin at night. Their lack of sugar intake during sleep does not offset the hypoglycemic effect of insulin. Other symptoms of hypoglycemia include confusion and sweating. If you often have headaches in the morning, consult your doctor to determine the cause. Be careful to take excessive headache medication because it can make your morning headache worse. If daytime sleepiness is accompanied by morning headaches, seek medical attention immediately, as this may be a sign of OSAS or other sleep disorders. Likewise, if you have morning headaches and any neurological symptoms, serious lung disease or diabetes, take insulin, see a doctor immediately. If you have any sudden headache, very serious or accompanied by any new neurological symptoms, such as weakness, numbness, confusion or loss of consciousness, please consult your doctor immediately.

Auditor: Tina M.St.John, M.D.