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:
somewhat disturbed sleep
waking up with a dry mouth
waking up with choking sensation
drowsiness
tossing and turning at night
constant fatigue
sleep apnea
weak sexual desire
... 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 having 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.