Neurologist Isakova: people sleeping on their stomachs often have headaches in the morning

Neurologist Ziyarat Isakova spoke about the causes of headaches after sleep. This is a fairly common problem.

One of the common causes is incorrect body position. An uncomfortable pillow, mattress or posture leads to tension in the neck and back muscles, which causes headaches. 

“This happens especially often in people who sleep on their stomachs or without proper neck support,” she explained.

Another cause of headaches after sleep is sleeping too short or too long. A lack of sleep causes the accumulation of fatigue and tension, and its excess disrupts the body's normal biorhythms.

The third reason is apnea and other respiratory disorders. During apnea, breathing is interrupted, which leads to low oxygen levels in the blood and frequent awakenings. Lack of oxygen leads to headaches.

The fourth reason is bruxism, or teeth grinding, when the chewing muscles and temporomandibular joint are tense.

The fifth reason is psychological factors such as depression and anxiety disorders. Chronic stress and anxiety disrupt normal sleep cycles.

The sixth is dehydration. While you sleep, your body loses moisture through breathing and sweating, and not drinking enough fluids before bed can cause dehydration and, as a result, headaches. 

Sometimes headaches can be caused by inflammatory processes in the sinuses or other infectious diseases.

More about bruxism

Bruxism is teeth grinding that usually occurs during sleep. Bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, anxiety, malocclusion (teeth clenching together), or other medical problems. Bruxism can cause various problems such as tooth wear, enamel damage, jaw pain and headaches. 

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