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Why Do I Wake Up With a Headache?

Waking up with a headache can be disconcerting. If you want to understand why you are waking up with headaches and learn some things you can do to treat them, continue reading.

There are a number of issues that may be responsible for your morning headaches, ranging from stress to hangovers.


Stress, muscle tension, and poor sleep posture are three possible causes of morning headaches that are all related. This is because stress can cause muscle tension and stress and muscle tension can negatively affect your sleep positions and posture.

Tension headaches, which are the most common type of headache, are caused by stress, muscle tension, and poor posture.

Reducing your stress levels can reduce your muscle tension. If you still have poor sleep posture, the next two causes of waking up with a headache will be of particular interest to you.

A Bad Pillow

Headaches can often be attributed to neck pain and stiffness. At the base of your neck, there is a group of muscles called suboccipital muscles, which are responsible for referring nerves to your skull, including to your eyes and the front of your head. Your suboccipital muscles can tense up due to poor neck alignment. This is especially common when you use a pillow that is too high. This neck pain and discomfort can cause tension headaches. Using a pillow that is too soft or too firm can also impair your neck alignment. Your pillow should hold your head and neck in a neutral position, similar to your posture when you are standing.

A Poor Mattress

Sleeping on an inadequate mattress can also contribute to poor sleep posture and improper neck alignment. The chemicals found in many foam mattresses can also lead to headaches.

One common component of foam mattresses is the carcinogen formaldehyde. Yes, the chemical that is used to embalm dead bodies. Formaldehyde is what causes the strong chemical smell that is common with brand-new memory foam mattresses. However, formaldehyde continues to be released into the air long after its scent is gone. Along with causing cancer, formaldehyde can also cause respiratory problems, eye irritation, and headaches.

Diisocyanates are another type of harmful chemical found in mattress foam. Although these compounds smell sweet, they are highly toxic and can cause headaches and irritation of the throat and eyes.

A third concerning chemical found in foam mattresses is methylene chloride. This accounts for over 98 percent of the hazardous air pollutant emissions in the foam industry. Inhaling methylene chloride can cause long-term health issues for those who work in foam factories. Headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory loss, cardiovascular system issues, and liver and kidney problems have all been reported.

If you want to stay away from these harmful chemicals, look for a mattress that is made with natural materials, such as organic cotton, organic wool, or natural latex foam.


Headaches can be a symptom of dehydration. If you go to sleep thirsty or did not drink enough fluids the day before, you might wake up with a dehydration headache.

Other than thirst and dry mouth and lips, dehydration can also lead to feeling dizzy or lightheaded or producing dark urine.


Having six or more drinks can cause a hangover the next day. Common symptoms of hangovers include headaches, nausea, and thirst. Hangovers can also come with tiredness, sweating, irritability, or sensitivity to light or sound.

Drinking alcohol makes you fall asleep faster than usual, but you are more likely to experience sleep disruptions and wake up earlier. Alcohol consumption also causes you to urinate more, which dehydrates you. This can lead to a dehydration headache. Alcohol is also known for triggering migraines.

IV Vitamin Therapy as a Treatment For Morning Headaches

IV (intravenous) vitamin therapy is a safe, effective way to treat many causes of morning headaches. They deliver faster results than oral medications or supplements because the IV fluids go directly into your bloodstream rather than having to go through your digestive system before they can start to relieve your headache pain.

If your morning headaches are caused by dehydration or a hangover, you can find IV treatments that are specifically targeted to relieve these ailments. There are also IV therapies specially formulated for migraines.

A vitamin therapy IV bag used to treat migraines might include vitamin B2 and magnesium. Vitamin B2 has been known to decrease the length and frequency of migraine attacks. Magnesium reduces the effect of severe migraine attacks. Migraines can be caused by magnesium deficiency. IVs also work to keep you hydrated, which relieves headache pain as well as nausea.

Regardless of the cause of your morning headaches, IV vitamin therapy can quickly and effectively treat your symptoms and have you feeling better in no time.

Drip Hydration Can Help You Rehydrate In The Comfort Of Your Own Home

Drip Hydration is open from 8 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week. Our certified nurses are on call to come directly to your home to deliver any IV infusion of your choice. If you’re suffering from a hangover or have just done an intense workout, IV hydration is a great way to quickly recover and get back to your day-to-day.

Simply schedule an appointment, and we will come directly to you. Drip Hydration offers convenient services that will improve your health and can be worked around even the most hectic schedule.