Waking Up With A Headache

What Causes Waking Up With A Headache?

Waking up with a headache can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose waking up with a headache, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "waking up with a headache" as a symptom.  For example, sleep apnea.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
waking up with a dry mouth
frequent postprandial somnolence
weak sexual desire
constant fatigue
sleep apnea
somewhat disturbed sleep
occasional drowsiness
tossing and turning at night
waking up with choking sensation
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of waking up with a headache.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate chronic headaches, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you ever wake up with a headache?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally - less than once per month
→ Often - at least once per month
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate waking up with a headache, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Waking up with a headache or dry mouth is a symptom of OSA.