Headaches Linked to Sleep Apnea
Headaches have many different causes, from dehydration to eye strain to jaw problems. A common cause of frequent headaches, particularly temporary ones that occur in the morning, is sleep apnea. If you are awakened by a sore head or wake up with one but didn’t have it when you went to sleep, there’s a good chance it’s due to sleep apnea.
A Brief Overview of Sleep Apnea
OSA May Be a Migraine Trigger
Tips for Migraine Sufferers With OSA
Even though the connection between migraines and OSA is not yet fully understood, there are several ways to improve your sleep and treat your migraine at the same time:
- Don’t exercise right before bed. Exercising within an hour or two before bed can make it harder to fall asleep, so try to stick to an earlier exercise schedule.
- Keep a consistent sleep routine. An effective way to reduce or manage migraine attacks is by going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day. It’s also helpful to spend more time in natural light during the day and avoid blue light from screens before bed.
- Avoid heavy evening meals. While it can be fun to have a late-night binge, eating a lot later in the evening can keep you awake, particularly if you’re already struggling with migraine.
- Go to sleep when you’re tired. If you’re staring at the clock unable to fall asleep, it can be helpful to get up and do something relaxing until you feel tired. And keep in mind that while sleep is best, simply resting is good too.
- Good sleep hygiene matters. Reading or watching TV in bed, or using your phone before going to sleep, can make it harder to fall asleep.