A study has found that half of all migraines start in the morning – unlike other head pain, like tension headaches. And it’s often strong enough to wake us up from sleep. That’s why migraines are even nicknamed “alarm clock” headaches. Internist Dr. Richard Liebowitz from Duke University says, between 4 and 8AM, our natural painkillers reach rock bottom levels. Meanwhile, we have sky-high adrenaline levels, which help us wake up. But they also shrink blood vessels and create the perfect recipe for severe head pain.
So, talk to your doctor about taking headache meds as soon as you wake up, so you can nip the pain in the bud.