Can headaches occur from lack of sleep?

To keep your body fit, try to get enough sleep every day. One of the health problems that can arise due to lack of sleep is a headache. Maybe you have experienced it: the head feels soft because it sleeps only 3 hours, and this changes your mood for a day.

Sleep deprivation is a trigger for headaches that most often complain about. Headaches that occur can be a migraine or tension headache (tension-type headache).

This is evidenced by researchers linking the relationship between sleep and headaches. Researchers from Missouri State University report that when the REM phase in sleep is disturbed it can change proteins in the brain, which are known to play an important role in suppressing or actually triggering pain.

Sleep deprivation can indeed trigger headaches
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A person who falls asleep will go through several phases in his sleep. REM is a dreaming sleep phase, which occurs 70–90 minutes after falling asleep. Headaches usually appear when the REM phase is disrupted.

In those who have sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, the supply of oxygen to the brain will become blocked. Low levels of oxygen to the brain during sleep can be a cause of headaches. To avoid unwanted headaches, you can do the following tips:

  1. Try to always sleep and wake up at the same time. Even though on weekends though.
  2. Stay away from coffee and alcohol consumption before going to bed.
  3. Avoid playing cellphones or watching television in the room before going to bed.
  4. Bathing with warm water can help you sleep better.
  5. Drink warm milk before going to bed. Milk contains melatonin which helps improve sleep quality.
  6. If the headache continues, you can take painkillers such as paracetamol or methampyrone. Medications that contain caffeine are also very good for relieving pain.
Sleep deprivation can indeed trigger headaches, but too long to sleep is also not good. Arrange your good sleep pattern to avoid headaches and other health problems.

Also, read  Causes of Blurred Vision With Headache.

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