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Is it Normal to Have a Headache Soon after Sleeping?

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Have you ever woken up after a quick nap and noticed mild to severe headaches? Well, as it turns out, this is a common problem. Studies note that headaches can occur after sleeping. And, it's quite likely that the pain you experience stems from migraines. 

With that, we thought it would help to tackle migraines and headaches after sleeping. Read on and find out how the two connects and how a chiropractor for migraine in Vancouver, such as Dr. Joe Perin of Balanced Living Chiropractic, can help.


Why Is It Happening?              

Headaches after sleeping are common. They can result from many things, including oversleeping, lack of sleep, stress, and even dehydration. But it is more likely that this headache of yours stems from abnormal pressure buildup on your brainstem. When you sleep at an awkward angle, the weight of your head can affect your cervical spine and the tissues underneath it, such as your brainstem. 

That's why many people who experience migraines and headaches turn to a chiropractor for migraine in Vancouver for help. Notably, careful chiropractic adjustments help minimize pressure on the spinet. It also helps loosen neck muscles to prevent them from tugging on to your cervical bones and causing unnecessary mechanical strain on your brainstem and nerve roots.


Other Reasons for Having Headaches After Sleeping

Besides oversleeping and the factors we discussed above, here are other things that can cause a headache:

  • Sleeping on your back - This position can tighten your neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Sleeping on your side - This position can also cause pain in the same area.
  • Sleeping on your stomach or curled up - These positions tend to cause tension in the back and neck muscles.
  • Twisting or turning during sleep - The best way for people with this problem is to sleep straight, with the help of a pillow that supports your spine's curvature.
  • Poor quality mattress - Choosing a firm mattress that doesn't sag so much as to force you into uncomfortable positions while resting at night is vital to alleviating pain and avoiding posture problems that set off migraines and headaches. 


What Can Migraineurs Do to Address Sleep-related Symptoms?

If you're experiencing a headache just after sleep, here are some things that you can try to make it go away.

  • Get up slowly and drink a glass of water
  • Light exercise is also helpful: take a walk around the block or do some stretches in your bedroom.
  • Apply a cold compress (or ice cubes) to your forehead for 10-15 minutes. 

If these steps don't work, try taking ibuprofen for pain relief (dosage depends on your age). Another option is to show up for your appointments with our chiropractor for migraine in Vancouver. Regular chiropractic adjustments will go a long way toward helping keep your headaches at bay!

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Balanced Living Chiropractic for Trusted Chiropractor for Migraine in Vancouver

If you're experiencing headaches after sleep, it's essential to know that chiropractic care can help. Chiropractors, especially those who practice Upper Cervical chiropractic techniques like NUCCA are trained to help fix postural problems that may be interfering with normal body function. We suggest calling a trusted chiropractor for migraine in Vancouver, Dr. Joe Perin, to schedule a consultation. You may reach Dr. Perin and our team at Balanced Living Chiropractic via email, online form, or phone at (360) 597-4784.


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