Waking Up With a Headache?
It’s hardly pleasant when one of your first sensations in the morning is a pounding pain in your head. If this sounds familiar, you don’t need to keep living like this. Your headache could be a sign of a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.
Dr. Iregui helps patients find relief from their sleep apnea troubles all the time. Learn more about sleep apnea headaches and how we can help you
What are the Characteristics of Sleep Apnea Headaches?
There are many causes of headaches, so how do you know if it’s a sleep apnea headache? Well, there are signs that can indicate your headache may be caused by sleep apnea rather than another source. Some of these signs are:
- Your headache is concentrated above your eyebrows, but may affect the rest of your head
- It’s a dull, aching pain rather than sharp pain
- Your headache lasts for an hour or two after you wake up
- The headache occurs regularly and can be felt daily in some cases
If these signs sound familiar, your headache could be caused by sleep apnea. If you’re undiagnosed, we urge you to seek a sleep test to diagnose your condition. Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Iregui can help you find an effective solution.
Why Does Sleep Apnea Cause Headaches?
There’s a lot of evidence that sleep apnea and headaches are linked, but how does sleep apnea lead to these headaches? If you have sleep apnea, that means your airway becomes blocked while you’re asleep. This disrupts the flow of oxygen to your brain, leading to physical issues.
Oxygen deprivation during sleep due to consistent apneas leads to an increase in carbon dioxide. In response to this increase, the blood vessels around your brain dilate, causing pain. This is why it’s common for people with sleep apnea to wake up with a headache.
Treatment Can Relieve Your Pain
You can wake up without a headache if you seek proper treatment. While the most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP, many patients find these machines uncomfortable and inconvenient. That’s why Dr. Iregui has dedicated her career to providing better options for sleep apnea treatment.
Oral appliances are small devices shaped like mouthpieces that can keep your airway open at night. Dr. Iregui will create a custom appliance for you, so it’ll be comfortable and fit perfectly. In many cases, oral appliances are just as effective as CPAP for treating sleep apnea.
Your oral appliance can help you sleep well at night, so you won’t wake up with a headache. You’ll also feel more energetic and in control of your life, so you can have more time to spend doing things you want to.
Dr. Iregui Can Help With Your Headaches
Don’t brush off your own comfort. If you’ve been waking up with headaches, it’s likely that you’re experiencing a sleep issue. Sleep is vital for your life and you may not even realize how much you’re missing out on in your life.
To learn more about sleep apnea and headache relief, contact our office by calling 253-204-2643 or sending us a message through our online contact form. We’re here to help you and we’ll be happy to speak with you about your headache issues.