If you commonly wake up with morning headaches, it may be a sign of sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that disrupts your breathing throughout the night. There are two different types of sleep apnea—Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. While Obstructive Sleep Apnea results from blockage in the airway, Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.
Both Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea result in restricted blood flow and oxygen to the muscles and the brain. If you suffer from sleep apnea, this oxygen restriction can cause carbon dioxide to build up in your blood. As the oxygen levels in your blood change, the blood flow to your brain also changes. This can result in morning headaches as well as memory loss and poor mood.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to heart attack or stroke, so it’s important to seek treatment at the first sign of symptoms. If you are experiencing morning headaches, please schedule a consultation with Sleep Services of Maryland by calling (240) 345-3576.