Waking up with headaches is something you might be experiencing.
I struggled with morning headaches for a long time.
I was worried and went to doctor for an MRI.
I was concerned because I always felt that MRI’s weren’t safe but my doctor assured me that they are.
After spending 45 minutes hearing rattling sounds that could easily cause any one a headache, I was eager for the results.
A few days later, I received a call from my doctor’s saying everything was normal.
He explained that there can be many different causes for the continuous headaches.
My diet and exercise were good, but I was lacking sleep and working a lot.
I wasn’t sure what the cause was, but at least I knew now that it wasn’t serious.
Still, I wanted to get rid of them because waking up with headaches constantly is no fun.
I began doing research online and came across a couple of things that solved my problem.
It’s important for you to understand that your cause of headaches could be completely different from mine.
You visit your doctor if headaches are consistent.
I have put together a list of things that cause headaches, as well as things you can do to eliminate them.
Reasons for Waking Up With Headaches
- Dehydration – most people don’t drink enough water. Dehydration is the most common cause of headaches. Your body goes hours without water when you sleep, so it’s important to properly hydrate throughout the day.
- Stress – being worried and constantly dwelling on things can cause a lot of exertion mentally. It’s important to take breaks and relax.
- Genetics – you might blame other people or circumstances for headaches, but if headaches run in your family,there’s a high chance that it may be the cause.
- Anxiety – just like stress, constant worrying and nervousness causes exertion mentally.
- Medications – here’s one I would not have imagined on the list. Medications are suppose to make you feel better right? Not so fast. If you are taking any medications and waking up with headaches, talk to your doctor. Chances are, you need to change medications or take smaller doses.
- Posture – remember when mom use to tell you to sit up straight? Well guess what, it was for your own good after all. Bad posture can interfere with proper blood flow causing headaches.
- Food – there is the possibility that certain foods you eat trigger headaches. Foods such as chocolate, cheese caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners (aspartame) cause headaches.
How to Prevent Waking Up With Headaches
- Avoid stress as much as possible. Learn how to take breaks and relax throughout the day. Most people push themselves to the limit and just reach for coffee when tired and exhausted. All this does is burn you out to the max. A good rule of thumb is taking a five minute break every hour.
- Eat good meals. Eat balanced meals that won’t give you a sugar crash and dehydrate you. Processed and packaged foods contain a lot of sodium. Don’t snack throughout the day, instead eat meals balanced with protein, healthy fats, and good carbohydrates.
- Exercise regularly. Exercising helps relieve stress and release endorphin’s (feel good hormones) in the body. Exercising also increases blood flow.
- Get enough sleep. You need to sleep! Don’t think that coffee and other caffeinated drinks will make up for lack of sleep. Your body needs 7-8 hours of quality sleep to prevent headaches and to be renewed for the next day.
- Have a hot shower.A nice hot shower before bed helps relieve tension in your muscles. It also helps you relax and unwind. A nice hot shower before bed can aid in providing you a great nights sleep and help you prevent waking up with headaches.
I hope these tips help you with your headaches.
Remember that you should get checked by your doctor if the headaches persist to ensure that it’s nothing serious.
Headaches can be caused by both minor and major concerns.