Insomnia, Snoring, Sleep Apnea

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I Hate My Morning Headache

Posted by amykr on February 16, 2009

Many people wake in the morning with headaches.  It almost makes people feel like they do not want to go to bed because in the morning they know they will feel worse.  If you are one of them there may be a solution to getting rid of these am headaches. 


Morning headaches are one of the symptoms of sleep apnea.  This is due to two facts.  One, having had a night with disrupted sleep where you arouse, but not awake, frequently throughout the night causes a disruption in sleep and causes sleep deprivation.  This stresses the body and causes the morning headaches.  The second issue can be because your oxygen levels can rise and fall and there is stress every time you have either a partial or full obstruction of your airway the pressure to your circulatory system and your brain can cause the morning headaches.  This is actually most common in menopausal woman and middle to older men who have moderate to severe sleep apnea.


There is hope.  If you do have sleep apnea causing your morning headaches treatment of the sleep apnea using a CPAP or BiPAP machine resolved over 90% of the headaches according to study done by Goksan, et all.  This means if you do wake with morning headaches on a regular basis you should talk to your doctor. 



Amy Korn-Reavis, RRT, RPSGT has been in the respiratory field for over twenty years.  She has worked in all areas and is currently focusing on sleep and how to help the community feel better by sleeping better.  She is the manager of Emery Sleep Solutions a independent testing facility located in Apopka, Florida.  If you have any questions about sleep or are looking for someone to speak at your community function she can be reached at or you can visit the facility’s website at


One Response to “I Hate My Morning Headache”

  1. A small percentage of folks diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) have resultant headaches, and we know who we are. The first night I slept with a CPAP system & awakened without a headache I was sold! I tell morning headache sufferers getting their first CPAP that to the extent that OSA is the cause, their headaches are about to be over. They are a most compliant, most grateful, and most fervently advocating group.

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