Dehydration from alcohol
Drinking too much alcohol at night can certainly wreck your morning. Alcohol can irritate blood vessels, leading to a ‘hangover headache’ – migraine-like symptoms of throbbing pain and nausea. To avoid a hangover headache, stick to moderate drinking. According to the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, moderate drinking in healthy men and women is no more than ten standard drinks a week and no more than four on any one day. Of course, the less you drink, the lower your risk of headaches and harm from alcohol.
So, what’s a standard drink?
A standard drink equals ten grams of alcohol, regardless of glass size or alcohol type, and is most likely a whole lot less than what you think it is.
For example, a standard glass of white wine (11.5% alc/vol) is 110mL – that’s about one third of most wine glasses (300mL).
A standard glass of bubbly (12% alc/vol) is about half a champagne flute.
While a full-strength beer or regular cider (4.9% alc/vol) is 260mL – that’s less than most cans and small bottles, which are typically 375mL and equal to 1.4 standard drinks.
Poor sleep patterns
Prioritising good sleep matters. Both sleep deprivation and getting too much sleep can trigger migraines, according to the American Migraine Foundation. The catch is, people who have migraines are up to eight times more likely to suffer from sleep disorders, making it even tougher to address the root of the problem. Looking at social media late into the night can cause poor sleep patterns. For best results, keep bed and wake times consistent.
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Awkward sleep position
Sleeping in an unusual position can result in muscle strain in the head and neck area, leading to morning headaches, says physician and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Dr Nada Milosavljevic. Proper support could help ease the likelihood that you’ll wake up in pain. Find a pillow that feels soft yet supportive for the position that you sleep in.