Why Do I Wake with a Migraine So Often?

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Hello, and thank you for your willingness to answer questions. I wake up with a migraine at least two or three days a week. Can you tell me why? Thank you so much, Angela.


Dear Angela;

The answer to your question lies in determining what's triggering your migraines. If you don't know what your migraine triggers are, working to identify them would be extremely helpful. See our video, How to Identify Migraine Triggers, for more information.

Waking with a migraine very often indicates that the trigger is a sleep issue. There are several sleep issues that can be very strong migraine triggers, including:

  • too much sleep,
  • too little sleep,
  • disrupted sleep,
  • poor quality sleep, and
  • an irregular sleeping schedule.

It's recommended that people with migraine get up and go to bed at the same time every day, including weekends and holidays. It's important to note that people often think their sleep quality is fine when, in fact, it isn't.

If you haven't already discussed this issue with your doctor, please do, and ask about a sleep study. A sleep study can be very helpful in identifying sleep issues so they can be addressed.

Do you consume much caffeine during an average day? If so, it's also possible that your trigger is caffeine withdrawal.

Thank you for your question,
Dave Watson and Teri Robert


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