There’s nothing like waking up on the right side of the bed and getting a good start to the day. Very few things should really deprive people of this with a few legitimate exceptions. Kids and pets are welcome disruptions to an otherwise smooth morning routine but not too much else. Headaches are very much an unwelcome exception that unfortunately affect more people than you would think. According to healthline, morning headaches are experienced by 1 in 13 people. There are several causes that can play culprit to this ranging from physical, emotional and even lifestyle choices. Let’s go over some of these.
Why does it feel like my body hates me?
There are several health factors that can play a crucial role in giving you a headache when you first wake up in the morning. You can be prone to headaches if you don’t get the necessary amount of sleep or if your sleep is constantly being interrupted. Again, I shall refer to Healthline where they say that insomnia can prevent you from falling asleep or can cause restless sleep. In fact, insomnia is a very common cause for morning headaches and can even result in migraines. If you are able to treat insomnia, you should see your sleep cycles improve and your morning headaches will subside as a result.
Another common reason for sleep deprivation is sleep apnea which can often also be linked to more serious disorders such as heart disease. A really useful website is sleep.careicahealth.com where you can even take a quiz to see if you have symptoms associated with sleep apnea. The good news is that it is treatable and there are several resources out there to get you started on the right track towards a healthy restful sleep.
Could it be all in my head?
Medical News Today talks about how depression and anxiety can play a huge role in people developing insomnia and experiencing a lack of sleep. All of this can lead to morning headaches as discussed earlier. Kallysleep says that there are several reasons for people to experience depression and anxiety including genetics and external factors. Our current situation with a global pandemic has significantly increased people’s susceptibility to emotional distress. We must be more vigilant to keep in touch with people and stay connected despite our self-isolation and social distancing. Talking about mental health with an open mind and a receptive heart goes a long way with removing some of the stigma attached to it.
People need to know that they are loved for who they are and that there are always options out there. The good news for people is that just like physical symptoms, there are several viable options to help mitigate and treat anxiety and depression. More complex options include medical treatment administered by qualified professionals but can also be as simple as having someone to talk to.
When it comes to morning headaches the causes can vary greatly but fortunately there are several remedies out there that are easy to implement. A lot of it comes down to lifestyle changes and they don’t have to be drastic or hugely life changing either.
Medical News Today recommends engaging in daily activities, something as simple as going for a walk and enjoying the sunshine can make a huge difference. I found for myself that engaging my mind and my body has a made an incredible difference with my sleep. I have discovered that if I can find ways to engage my mind such as learning a new skill or picking up a hobby or even something as fun as playing a board game or doing a puzzle, I tend to fall asleep a lot easier.
My mind is more prone to resting and my sleep cycle is not as interrupted. What helped me take it to the next level was participating in physical activities as well. I am not an athletic person by any means but being able to do a quick workout or play a sport has had a profound effect on my physical and emotional health. Playing squash or soccer and doing regular minimal impact workouts have helped me work off some of my physical energy and this ensures that come time to sleep, my body is more than happy to rest and I can fall into a deep sleep.
I love eating good food that is often rich and heavy. I have a propensity for devouring carbs and I love my meat. Dinners are really the only meal of the day where I get a chance to spend some time and effort cooking and experimenting. This means that my dinners can be elaborate and I usually find myself in a food coma shortly after. If you look up any health website, they’ll tell you that none of this is sustainable and can have long term effects on your body which in turn can also affect your mind.
I find being hydrated so drinking lots of water and adding fruits and vegetables can help with producing energy and helping your body settle into a healthy and consistent routine. All this can influence your sleep positively which can greatly help in reducing the frequency of morning headaches.
Morning headaches are not pleasant to deal with and they affect a surprisingly large amount of people on a consistent basis. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent them and they revolve around making some healthy lifestyle choices and engaging and talking about mental health.
Sometimes a headache can be indicative of a deeper more complex physical, mental or emotional health issue so it’s important that they don’t be treated lightly. On the other hand, the answer might lie in something as simple as going for a walk and changing your eating habits. Either way, headaches in the morning are something we don’t have to give into and we can tackle it head on knowing that we can succeed.