If you wake up with a headache more than half of the time, you should be evaluated since morning headaches are commonly associated with sleep apnea, suffered by 75% of people. And if you suffer from morning headaches, you are 8 times more likely than a person who doesn’t suffering from problems. 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 treatment from our Omaha sleep dentists.
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:
- Migraines can best be described as pain in the face or neck, usually throbbing in one area. You might also have sensitivity to light and sound causing nausea and distorted vision
- Tension is the most common type of headache. They can feel like a dull, painful tightness and pressure around your forehead, eyes, head, and neck.
- Cluster headaches are known as one of the most painful types since they can wake you in the middle of the night with intense discomfort about your eyes and head.
- Hypnic, although a very rare type of headache, although can happen often to individuals suffering from them. They also wake patients in the middle of the night but sound and feel like an alarm clock in your head.
If you get any of these, you should talk to a doctor.
If you have been diagnosed with any of these types of headaches and experience them often, it’s time to seek treatment. Migraines have a very strong relationship with sleep apnea, increasing in severity and frequency. Tension headaches 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 most likely occur at night.
Effective Treatment For 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 treatment not only reduces your headaches, but can also reduce your tension, migraine, and cluster headaches too.
Stay Away From Dangerous Sleep Medications
If your doctor suspects a disorder, he may prescribe these medications, especially if you report morning headaches. Talk to your doctor about your risk, and never take sedative-hypnotic drugs (such as Ambien).
Dr. Roger Roubal is the foremost expert in headache treatment in Omaha, Nebraska. He can help you get the treatment that is comfortable, convenient, effective, and covered by insurance. Please contact our migraine treatment dentists for an appointment.