Painful Pressure-like Headache During Sleep

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Asked by jess

Painful Pressure-like Headache During Sleep

I have frequent headaches and migraines. I also tend to get a painful, pressure-like feeling in my head from sleeping, is this normal? The best way to describe the feeling is like a compression on my head, making my whole skull ache. It seems to be affected by whatever my head is resting on (pillows, blankets, etc), it feels worse when laying against something. I wake up with these most mornings (although I have awoken to them in the middle of the night) and they usually resolve themselves with some caffeine or an ibuprofen. Having lived with them from a very young age, I had always assumed they were "normal" until I mentioned it to other people who told me they had never experienced such a thing.

Answer

Jess,

It's time to discuss these headaches with your doctor.

Headaches or Migraines that form during sleep or that you have when you wake up are often triggered by sleep issues -- too much, too little, disrupted, or poor quality sleep. Also, taking ibuprofen more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headaches, aka rebound. For more information in this, see Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.

Please do talk with your doctor?

Teri

Answered by Teri Robert