There are as many different headache treatments as there are headaches–and more. So it’s very hard to know when to try certain remedies. Sleep apnea treatment can be a very effective approach to treating your headaches, but when should you try it? Here’s a guide.
Do You Have Morning Headaches?
Experiencing headaches first thing in the morning might be the first sign that sleep apnea is to blame. To avoid morning headaches, first, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Go to bed on time–and make sure you fall asleep quickly. Also, make sure to avoid drinking alcohol or taking any sedatives before going to bed. These can both contribute to sleep apnea and/or result in morning headaches. Dehydration is another cause of morning headaches so make sure you drink enough water every day.
If you sleep eight hours every night, are not drinking alcohol, are not taking sedatives, and are drinking plenty of water but you’re experiencing morning headaches, you should begin to suspect that sleep apnea is the cause.
Other potential causes of morning headaches include:
- TMJ Disorder
- Caffeine withdrawal
- Anxiety or depression
- Certain medications
- Brain tumor (very rare)
Finding the cause of your morning headaches will be your best bet for finding relief.
Do You Have Other Sleep Apnea Symptoms?
Headaches are commonly related to sleep apnea. If you have frequent headaches, you should be on the lookout for other sleep apnea symptoms or related signs, such as:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Loss of focus
- Low energy
- Loud snoring
- Choking, coughing, or snorting at night
- Clenching/grinding teeth
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
If you experience any of the symptoms above, you should consider the possibility that sleep apnea really is to blame for your migraines. Even if it’s not directly related, sleep apnea treatment might help by relieving other related causes, such as high blood pressure.
Have You Been Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea but you aren’t using your sleep apnea treatment, either because you can’t adapt to CPAP or because you don’t think it will make a difference–change your mind now. Seek out a more comfortable treatment like oral appliance therapy or just try your treatment and see how much of a difference it will make.
If you haven’t been diagnosed with sleep apnea, this will be your starting point. If you experience any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, we encourage you to book a new patient appointment at Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center in Omaha. After meeting with our sleep apnea dentists for a consultation, we will coordinate a diagnostic sleep study for you. This involves wearing a device while you sleep for one night. Then, a physician will review your test results and diagnose your sleep apnea.
With an official diagnosis, our sleep dentists can help you find the best treatment option for your needs. After using sleep apnea treatment, your morning sleep apnea headaches will begin to reduce.
How to Avoid Morning Headaches
In addition to getting sleep apnea treatment, there are other lifestyle changes that can help you avoid morning headaches.