Where Do Morning Headaches Come From?

Waking up in the morning with a headache is a miserable experience, but studies have shown that more people than ever are living with morning headaches and it is not a problem that is going away.  A recent study reported than 1 in 12 people have these headaches and many of them have lived with these early migraines for years prior.   These headaches can come from a variety of sources, but here we will discuss the most common causes of morning migraines and what you can do to stop them.

Restlessness in Bed

We have all experienced restlessness in bed at some point in our lives, but when it becomes a chronic condition is can actually do a lot of damage.  You are not getting quality sleep when you are restless and even if you lie in bed for a full 8 hours your body will not be rested when you get up.  When we don’t get enough sleep we often will suffer with headaches and this is (along with dehydration) probably the most common reason for morning headaches.

Teeth Grinding

The problem with teeth grinding is that most people are completely oblivious to it since it always occurs while you are sleeping.  Your teeth will clench together and then grind back and forth and from side to side.  Not only will this cause splitting headaches every morning, but it will also begin to wear down your teeth and cause cracks.

These fractures will make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold liquids and can even result in serious dental problems.  If you think you are suffering with teeth grinding or bruxism you should get a teeth grinding mouth guard right away and then try to find the reason of your grinding.  Since bruxism can be causes by stress, medications, smoking, and an improper bite, you should consult with your dentist to find the best solution.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious condition where someone will stop breathing in the middle of the night and the body will wake them up again to start breathing.  The problem is that sufferer of sleep apnea will not even know this is happening.  If you have this condition you know what it’s like to wake up in the morning and have a splitting headache and feel like you have not slept at all.

Sometimes, someone with sleep apnea will feel like they slept all night but will feel tired all day long.  Since the body is not getting enough rest, headaches will be the result in the morning.  You should see your doctor right away if you think you might have this condition, so you can get the proper treatment right away.

[box type=”note”]There are other serious medical conditions that can cause headaches (brain metastases, hypertension, etc), so it is very important that you consult with your doctor. The medication you are on could be causing these pains, or it could even be stress or a snoring partner. Just popping pain pills in every morning is not going to solve the problem, and it is important that you treat the causes of these headaches directly.[/box]

Author bio:

Greg Schmidt writes for TeethGrindingMouthGuards.com that helps consumers find the right bruxism mouth guard for their condition.

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