Morning Headaches -


Chronic morning headaches have become a common feature with the changing lifestyles in the society.
They are said to be caused by the sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea (sleep apnea is a condition where people stop breathing many times at night and is accompanied by teeth grinding and periodic limb movements). Some studies also suggest that chronic morning headaches are also most commonly associated with anxiety and depression.
People suffering from hypertension, musculoskeletal diseases, and those who took anti-anxiety drugs or anti-depressants and consume more than six alcoholic drinks a day are most likely to suffer from morning headaches.
People suffering from chronic morning headaches awaken with pain every day or a few times in a week. Tiredness, anxiety and irritation are usually seen in such people during the day.
Morning Headaches - Facts and figures -
A recent study suggests that about 1 in every 13 people suffer from these headaches and the instances of the headaches are more among women. People between the ages of 45 and 64 suffered from headaches.
Treatment -
A visit to a doctor is necessary for evaluating anxiety, depression and other diseases in such people. Doctors suggest treatment for these two conditions for relieving morning headaches.
Early Morning Awakening Headaches -
These types of headaches awaken a person in the early hours of the morning (usually after 4 AM) or they are seen when a person awakens in the early morning. Cluster, migraine and tension-type headaches come under this category. The pain is intense during the early morning hours. People who usually suffer from chronic tension-type headaches are seen suffering from early morning headaches.

Depression is most commonly said to cause these headaches. The side-effects of the the pain reliever drugs, ergots caffeine are also said to cause the headaches.

The production of natural painkillers like endorphins and enkephalins in the body drops down and adrenalin is produced in larger quantities between 4 and 8 in the morning. Adrenalin affects the blood pressure and influences the regulation of dilation or contraction of blood vessels, thereby triggering migraine attacks, resulting in early morning headaches.


Serious diseases are not very common causes of early morning headaches. Diseases like brain tumors, sleep apnea and extremely high blood pressure very rarely cause early morning headaches.

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