Reasons you get those annoying morning headaches

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Morning headaches are painful, annoying-and kind of confusing. You just woke up, so what could you possibly have done to trigger your discomfort? Turns out, there are plenty of things that could be triggering it. And while not all of them may be under your control, some of them are. Compiled from Prevention magazine, here is a list of five surprising causes of morning headaches, and what you should be doing to keep them away. 1) Your endorphins are out of whack: Your body’s production of feel-good endorphin hormones is at its lowest early in the morning. And for some people, that can trigger a migraine. Low levels of endorphins can affect levels of other neurotransmitters, like serotonin, which cause blood vessels in the brain to narrow, explains Mark Khorsandi of the Migraine Relief Centre in Dallas and Fort Worth. That narrowing reduces blood flow to the brain, which can trigger head pain. The bad news is that experts don’t know why this causes headaches in some people and not others. But working out first thing in the morning could be one way to stop the pain, since exercise triggers the release of endorphins, Khorsandi says. 2) You snore: Snoring like a chainsaw can be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that can cause you to choke, gasp for air, and even temporarily stop breathing throughout the night while you’re asleep. These choking episodes only last for a few seconds, but they can result in less oxygen getting to your brain, adds Khorsandi. Experts aren’t totally sure why this might lead to a headache. But some experts theorise that less oxygen could cause blood vessels in the brain to expand, increasing blood flow and pressure in your head that can cause pain. You can have sleep apnea and not even realize it, especially if you don’t sleep with a partner (who might complain about your snoring). 3) You’re late with your coffee: Caffeine is a mild drug that stimulates your nervous system. So if you drink coffee regularly and don’t get your fix at the usual time (like if you sleep in, or if you’re trying to quit caffeine), you can feel the head-pounding effects when you wake up. Caffeine withdrawal abruptly leads to the expansion of blood vessels in your brain. As a result, more blood flows into your brain and exerts more pressure, causing a headache, says Salvatore Napoli, MD, of the New England Centre of Neurology. You’re more likely to get a caffeine headache if you’re a heavy coffee drinker or drink your coffee at the same time every morning. If that’s the case, downing a cup is the best way to feel better. And if you’re trying to kick your caffeine habit altogether, cut back slowly-over the course of a week or two-instead of going cold turkey.–Agencies

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