You slept eight luxurious hours last night (or, you know, at least six). But as soon as you sat up in bed this morning, you noticed it. The throbbing temples. The pounding at the base of your skull. The piercing pain behind your eyes. Despite getting a decent night’s sleep, you have a terrible headache.
And you aren’t alone. One in 13 people regularly get headaches in the morning, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. What gives? Is there a solution? Well, you could pop a painkiller, chug a cup of coffee and hope for the best. But if you’ve been having these headaches for a while, the best solution is to determine the root cause and to figure out a treatment solution with your doctor.
Here’s the 411 about why you’re waking up with headaches and how to survive them. (Plus, what to do if you wake up early and still desperately need some sleep.)