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Headaches from too much sleep

I always get headaches in the morning if I sleep more than 9 hours. I've tried Googling but I can't seem to get a clear answer on what causes this.

I try to prevent it by not oversleeping, but last night was the end of a really hectic week. I went to bed at 1 AM, woke up at noon, and since then I've been experiencing a behind-the-eyes, between-the-nose kinda headache. It's almost similar to a hangover.

Does anyone know a good way to get rid of this? I've drunk about 2-3 glasses of water since waking to avoid dehydration, had a cup of coffee, eaten some whole-wheat raisin bread, took a hot shower, and I've even taken some Tylenol, but nothing's working.

Short of going back in time and waking up earlier, how do I get rid of this?

ETA: I made myself a green smoothie with spinach, bananas, strawberries, rice milk, mango nectar, and ground flax, and holy crap, no more headache. Maybe I just needed healthy sugars?


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Feb. 6th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
try vitamin b or vitamin d maybe?
Feb. 6th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
yeah, poster below is right. sounds like sinus-related. try some saline nose spray or sudafed.
Feb. 6th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Could be - I don't have either saline spray or sudafed at the moment, wondering if my neti pot would work.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
if it's due to dry sinuses then it will probably help!
Feb. 6th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)

Water is a good start, definitely--are you making sure you go to bed hydrated? Even if you drink a lot of water when you wake up, if you aren't getting enough before you go to bed you could literally be waking up with dehydration headaches.

Also, what type of heat do you use in your house? On really cold nights when we have to run the heat more, I nearly always wake up with a slight headache because the heat dries out my sinuses. If that's the case you can try running a humidifier in your bedroom, or depending on how your home is, we don't run the heat overnight unless it is really cold, we just use extra blankets, and that generally improves things.

I hope you find a solution!
Feb. 6th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I remember drinking a glass of water or two before going to bed last night, so I don't think that would be it. And my dad is fanatical about the heating bill so we don't run it very high at all during the night.

We do have a wood-burning stove in the basement though that makes the room VERY hot - about 30 C or so. I usually hang around down there in the winter before going to bed, so I'm wondering if the heat is doing something (although I do drink lots of water when I'm down there)

Then again, we don't use the stove when its not cold out, and I get oversleeping headaches in the spring/summer too.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Oi! 30°C is way too much! O..O
A good room temperature is around 20 (22 max) and a good sleeping temperature is 18 and below.

I sometimes get headaches if I get woken up in the middle of a deep sleep phase. A bit on sleep in general from Wikipedia here. A bit about sleep and headaches here.
Feb. 6th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
20-21 is around what we have the heat on during the winter, with 18 or 19 while we sleep. The fireplace really screws that up, haha. But I live in a big house and 20-21 is pretty damn cold, so 30 degrees downstairs is too much to resist sometimes.
Feb. 6th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
In Scandinavia 20-21 is bikini temperature! ;)

But I can see why it might seem cold if you're used to a room temperature of 30! :)
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
#1 you are probably experiencing caffeine withdrawal, especially if you drink a lot of caffeinated drinks. Tylenol will not help, but aspirin contains caffeine, that is why it is effective on most headaches LOL.

#2 get a loud alarm clock and never allow yourself more than 8 hours sleep, LOL.

#3 get Daddy to check out the flue and carbon monoxide emission levels in his wood stove!

Edited at 2010-02-06 07:07 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
1 - I usually have Motrin instead of Tylenol because Tylenol never really helps any kind of pain for me, but I haven't been shopping in awhile and I'm out of Motrin :(

2 - My alarm clock is super loud, but when I'm really tired I just shut it off and go back to sleep :P
Feb. 6th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
aspirin does not contain caffeine. aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are sometimes combines with caffeine in meds like excedrin.
Feb. 6th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
agreed. In fact, recent studies have shown the most effective treatment for already-in-progress migraine is 1 aspirin tablet, one paracetemol tablet, and a medically administered caffeine tablet (I don't think No Doz counts).
Feb. 6th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
My apologies for using the generic term 'aspirin' instead of 'most over the counter acetaminophen compounds'.
Feb. 7th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
'most over the counter acetaminophen compounds' is even stretching it. most acetaminophen compounds are for children, and do not contain caffeine either.
Feb. 7th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
This is the internet, where you don't have to prove you are right.

how about this...

keyword: CAFFEINE
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Blood sugar? Maybe the long sleep makes you wait too long before eating again. Low blood sugar can cause wicked headaches.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
You might be right actually, I always get headaches when I, er, forget to eat (ah the life of a university student)
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Try eating something with protein and/or complex carbs before going to bed. Cheese, yogurt, nutritious cereal (not Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs), whole grain bread or muffins. See if that helps. Can't hurt.
Feb. 7th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
I was hoping someone would recognize Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs!! :-)
Feb. 8th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
haha thats what my brother and I called count chocula when I was a kid we couldn't get enough of that stuff!
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
+1 to this and foods suggested. I have this issue as well, and it's almost always food or water related. Occasionally it's from being in the wrong position, but I can't control for that. Food and a glass of water before bed are great helps, though even waking up to pee in the middle of the night doesn't prevent the oversleep headache.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
I actually have a similar problem that I have not found a solution to. I've tried caffeine, various pain killers. Strangely, the only thing that seems to work for me is getting more sleep. I attribute it to sleeping in a bad position for my neck for too long, as I normally sleep on my stomach, so I've been trying to work myself out of it, but haven't had much luck.

Sorry that doesn't really help you, but thought I would share. I wish you good luck!
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Whenever I feel like that some electrolyte enhanced beverage like emergen-C helps pick me up.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Again, like others, sounds sinus related. Could be the heat from the downstairs, could just be dry air in general. But I get them even when it's humid and hot. Do you have frequent sinus infections? Hay Fever/allergies?
Things that work for me:
-Try using a netti pot/nasal rinse.
-Instead of tylonol try something like straight up asprin or even excedrine. It's my savior. I should buy stock. Motrin can work if it's inflamed but I usually still need excedrine.
-If you've been stuffy, and are using a netti pot, think about adding some xylotl to your rinse. It helps moisturize and seems to even help my inflamation.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
This happens to me all the time too, and I usually feel better when I eat something with complex carbohydrates. Whole wheat pasta is a life saver.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
if you normally have caffeine right when you wake up, sleeping in can give you a caffeine withdrawal headache. my mom always gets a headache when she sleeps in, but once she gets her coffee in her the headache starts going away.
Feb. 6th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
I always thought it might be caffeine withdrawal, but I've been skipping a lot of morning coffees since this summer and it hasn't increased or decreased the frequency of headaches.
Feb. 6th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Could you be grinding or clenching your jaw in your sleep? That's usually the culprit when I wake up with a headache. You can buy a bite guard OTC.
Feb. 6th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting theory actually, I'm fairly sure I don't grind my teeth because someone would have heard it at some point, but I'm not so sure about clenching my jaw.
Feb. 6th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
I found a lot of info when I googled "headaches from oversleeping". This is what WebMD suggests about the cause:

Feb. 6th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
We Aussies use Vegemite to cure all morning illnesses - hangover, oversleep headaches, and general sickly/unwell feelings, as well as morning sickness. It's high in B group vitamins, so it's as close as a maufactured sandwich spread gets to being a natural cure all!
Dunno if you can easily get vegemite where you are. If you're a non Aussie, I'd suggest looking at Australiana shops, or online suppliers. my word of warning, though, is use it sparingly. Spread it on, then scrape most of it off. It's definitely an acquired taste.
I'd suggest some b group vitamins, and some natural sugars. My normal cure is vegemite on toast, and a banana. (I also have a coffee with it, but that's just because I'm a caffeine fiend ;) )
Feb. 6th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
i get head aches when i oversleep too. nothing except activity help.
Feb. 6th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm going to guess that spending that much time in bed causing your pain.

Do you move around much while you sleep? Its probably related to the angle of your head / neck / sinuses.

Feb. 7th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I used to constantly wake up with headaches. I am still very prone to them, but I was waking up with them more often than not and nothing ever seemed to get rid of them. Someone on here recommended a buckwheat pillow. I bought one on etsy, and I'd say my headaches have deceased by at least 70%. It took a week or so to get used to, but now I hate sleeping without it and can definitely feel the difference if I do.
The idea is that it conforms to your head, so it decreases the strain that a regular pillow puts on you as it sort of props your head up at an unnatural angle.
Feb. 7th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
I've had migraine for years now and waking up with headaches happens. I'd suggest fluffing your pillow more often or changing another one to make sure your neck has enough support, that usually works for me. (: and like the above poster said, one that conforms to your head is the best kind.
Feb. 7th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Going for a brisk walk often works for me. Not sure why.
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