If you wake up with a headache more than half of the time, you should be evaluated for sleep apnea. Morning headaches are commonly associated with sleep apnea, suffered by 75% of people with obstructive sleep apnea. And if you suffer from morning headaches, you are 8 times more likely to have sleep apnea than a person who doesn’t. Because of the dangers of sleep apnea, it’s important to be diagnosed and begin treatment to avoid serious health consequences.
Don’t live with the pain of morning headaches, and don’t just take medication to mask the pain. Reduce or eliminate them with sleep apnea treatment. Please call 402-403-4448 or click here to email Dr. Roger Roubal for an appointment at his Omaha, Nebraska practice.
Sleep Apnea Can Cause Many Types of Headaches
The type of headache that is most commonly associated with sleep apnea has most of these characteristics:
- You experience it when you first wake up
- It occurs more than half of the time (more than 15 days a month)
- It feels like pressure on both sides of the head and doesn’t come with:
- Light sensitivity
- Sound sensitivity
- Goes away within a half hour of waking
- Resolves within 3 days of starting sleep apnea treatment and doesn’t return
However, research has shown that other types of headaches can be triggered in sleep apnea sufferers, including:
If you get any of these in the morning, you should talk to a doctor about sleep apnea.
If you have been diagnosed with any of these types of headaches and experience them often, you should talk to a doctor about sleep apnea. Migraines have a very strong relationship with sleep apnea, increasing in severity and frequency. Sleep apnea is very common in people with cluster headache (80%), although we’re not sure whether there’s a cause-and-effect relationship or simply parallel processes. Tension headache may be related to lack of quality sleep, but they may also be triggered by the body’s attempts to restore breathing during apneic episodes. This causes the body to tense neck, jaw, and face muscles, which can lead to tension headaches. Hypnic headaches may in some cases be sleep apnea headaches that occur at night.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Is Effective on Headaches and Migraines
There are many sleep disorders that can cause headaches, but sleep apnea is the one where treatment has the best chance of success. Studies have shown that sleep apnea treatment not only reduces your sleep apnea headaches, it can reduce your tension, migraine, and cluster headaches too.
Dangerous Treatments If You Have Sleep Apnea
Among sleep apnea’s many risks is an increased danger from certain medications. If your doctor suspects a sleep disorder, though, he may prescribe these medications, especially if you report morning headaches. Talk to your doctor about the risk of sleep apnea, and never take sedative-hypnotic drugs (such as Ambien) if you suspect you may have sleep apnea.
Dr. Roger Roubal is the foremost expert on sleep apnea in the Omaha, Nebraska area. He can help you get sleep apnea treatment that is comfortable, convenient, effective, and covered by insurance. Please click here to email Dr. Roubal for an appointment.