Do you wake up every morning with a headache? That is why
Dr. Kathleen Mullin, a neurologist and headache specialist at the New England Clinical Research Institute told the New York Times why so many people experience headaches when they wake up.
They drink coffee, change the pillow, the sleeping position, but no. They wake up in pain again.
Dr. Mullin wrote that often one of the most common causes is caffeine, or the lack of it. "Sometimes the reason for a headache in the morning is that you slept late and drank coffee late," she said.
Of course, this does not mean that everyone who drinks coffee regularly suffers from headaches in the morning. The secret is in the quantity. The doctor explains that only people who regularly drink more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day, which is equivalent to about two or three cups, can suffer from this type of chronic headache.
But what to do if this is your problem?
You should gradually reduce your caffeine intake, preferably to less than 200 milligrams per day.
But caffeine is not the only cause.
Among other possible causes of morning headaches is sleep apnea, associated with snoring and nighttime awakenings. If sleep apnea is diagnosed, it is treated with a continuous airway pressure device or a special mouth guard, and the headache usually disappears.
Mouthguards can also prevent teeth grinding, which is another cause of morning headaches.
Finally, Dr. Mullin points out that over-medication can also be a frequent cause of morning headaches. It can occur when a patient takes pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for 15 or more days, or when they take pain relievers such as opioids or triptans for 10 or more days.
"Patients don't realize that simple drugs like Advil, Tylenol and Excedrin are the main culprits," said Dr. Mullin for the NYT.
To prevent morning headaches, it is helpful to reduce medications, if possible, by taking them less than three times a week.