Does a morning migraine steal your day before it even begins? If so, you’re not alone. One of the most common migraine patterns is going to bed perfectly fine and waking up in pain. A morning migraine can be especially confusing because it usually seems like nothing special happened during the night to trigger the pain. So why does it happen — and how can you avoid it?
Here are 4 facts that will shed light on this painful morning migraine phenomenon.
1. You’re Sleeping Poorly, and You Don’t Know It
Research shows that migraines and sleep appear to have a distinct, yet complicated relationship. Both too little and too much sleep can trigger a migraine attack. Four out of five migraine sufferers have sleep problems.
2. You’re Rebounding From Medication
If you took a medication, such as a triptan that lasts for 24 hours or Excedrin that lasts for 6 hours, the relief they offered may have worn off during the night. If it’s 9am and your brain expects its usual shot of java at 8am, it may give you a painful reminder.
3. You’re Out of Natural Painkillers By Morning
The early morning hours (between 4 and 8 a.m.) are when the body has its lowest levels of natural painkillers, like inner endorphins. So most headaches — including cluster headaches, migraines, and those caused by muscle tension — can be present and have their worst symptoms when you wake up.
4. Your Body is Processing Stress from the Day Before
Experts warn that headaches can result from tension or stress brought on days before. This is also called “stress let down” in which your brain may still be painfully processing your yesterday.
Migraine patients tend to have highly individualized responses to the same environmental stimuli. Doing nothing almost guarantees history is going to repeat itself. Alternatively, treating it the same way you always have in the past increases the chance of another morning migraine as you rebound. Professional migraine treatment is a must to end the cycle!
If you’re in pain from consistent morning migraines, it’s time to call Pasadena Pain Management for a FREE CONSULTATION. Call our office 626-773-8333 or schedule an appointment online.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.