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Is it bad to sleep with a chronic headache?

Is it bad to sleep with a chronic headache?

Probably: If it is a chronic headache, going on for more than 2 weeks, not getting worse, no head trauma it is not bad to sleep with it. You must get evaluated by a physician to determine why you are having these headaches and make an appropriate diagnosis.

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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I've had a headache for about 2-3 hours now & I'm tired, would it be bad to sleep even though my headache isn't gone away?

I've had a headache for about 2-3 hours now & I'm tired, would it be bad to sleep even though my headache isn't gone away?

No problem: If your headache is insufficient to interfere with sleep, then you will do not harm in sleeping and probably will awaken with no headache.

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Having a painful sore throat. Took anti biotics only. Pain still there and now coughing so bad I can't sleep. Ear drums and headache cos of coughing?

Having a painful sore throat. Took anti biotics only. Pain still there and now coughing so bad I can't sleep. Ear drums and headache cos of coughing?

Post nasal drip: Your symptoms may be due to sinusitis caused by a virus. You probably have a post nasal drip which is irritating your throat and making you cough.The mucus is backflowing and affecting your ears as well. Try taking an antihistamine that contains Pseudoephedrine and drink lots of tea with lemon and honey.

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What could be causing a headache that persists more than a week? They are usually so bad I have to sleep it off; no cold or cough.

What could be causing a headache that persists more than a week? They are usually so bad I have to sleep it off; no cold or cough.

Headaches: The ongoing headaches for a week warrant medical attention. Some of the common causes in a 50-year-old person include arthritis or a herniated disc in the neck, sinusitis, a brain tumor, a ruptured aneurysm, and poorly controlled high blood pressure. Migraines usually do not start at the age of 50. See a neurologist for evaluation of the headaches.

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What to do when you can't sleep but your really tired and you get bad headaches?

What to do when you can't sleep but your really tired and you get bad headaches?

See below: See a neurologist to work on your headaches. Meanwhile, establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bed time routine: warm showers, room on a slightly cooler side. No heavy meals close to bedtime. No caffeine close to bed time. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in "i'm sleeeeeepy mode":). Don't use your bedroom as your office and use bed only for sleep and sex.

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I have a really bad headache, I get them from 2 pm till I go to sleep. Its been getting way worst lately,?

I have a really bad headache, I get them from 2 pm till I go to sleep. Its been getting way worst lately,?

Chronicity: Headaches that long that are worsening should be seen by a doctor. Avoid triggers like excessive caffeine intake, smoking, excess stress, etc. Many things can cause headaches, so get eval and then treatment will follow once properly diagnosed. Best wishes.

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After crying for like two hours, my head is hurting me so badly that I can't sleep. What should I do for the headache?

After crying for like two hours, my head is hurting me so badly that I can't sleep. What should I do for the headache?

Consider taking: Tylenol (acetaminophen). Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to.

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Hi!! I get bad headaches when I wake up in the morning? It usually lasts all day!! Mabye it's the way I'm sleeping on the bed?

Hi!! I get bad headaches when I wake up in the morning? It usually lasts all day!! Mabye it's the way I'm sleeping on the bed?

Be evaluated: Morning headaches need to be evaluated. It may be related to sleeping but an exam would help to rule out other problems. All the best.

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What kind of headache is it if it doesn't go away after a night of sleep? Bad headache all day wake up next morning still have headache

What kind of headache is it if it doesn't go away after a night of sleep? Bad headache all day wake up next morning still have headache

Migraine: The headache classification committee defines migraine as an idiopathic recurring headache disorder with attacks lasting 4 to 72 hours (if untreated or unsuccessfully treated). Migraine attacks can occur at any time but most frequently are present upon arising. The vast majority of patients complain of nausea, which is accompanied by vomiting in half the patients. Rec. See orofacial pain doctor.

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I'm having diffulties in sleeping and im geeting a bad headache...Even thou I tried myself to sleep I still cant. What is wrong with me?

I'm having diffulties in sleeping and im geeting a bad headache...Even thou I tried myself to sleep I still cant. What is wrong with me?

Onset insomnia: Anxiety or stress can lead to insomnia. Most cases of short-term cases of anxiety and insomnia are treated with a class of compounds known as anxiolytics and cognitive behavior therapy. Rec.: see you pcp for consultation and care.

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I've been having real bad headaches that last for hours. I can go to sleep and still wake up with a headaches. What can I do to stop the headaches?

I've been having real bad headaches that last for hours. I can go to sleep and still wake up with a headaches. What can I do to stop the headaches?

? migraine: Loads of meds and OTC remedies for migraine prevention but need to know if indeed that is correct diagnosis Your doctor should be able to sort this out

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Starts with unclear visions, then continues with bad headaches, and then so queasiness that I have to lay down and sleep, it happens often, am I okay?

Starts with unclear visions, then continues with bad headaches, and then so queasiness that I have to lay down and sleep, it happens often, am I okay?

Related or not?: There are lots of possibilities here, all of which can be addressed by a physical exam and appropriate testing. Migraines for example can affect both head and gut ("intestinal migraine"). Please however don't contribute to your stomach upset by taking excessive nsaid's aimed at alleviating head ache. Get checked to rule out more esoteric pathology.

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My husband just woke up from about 2 hrs sleep amd je has a knot on his forehead hurts to touch amd a bad headache. He didn't hit his head or anything.

My husband just woke up from about 2 hrs sleep amd je has a knot on his forehead hurts to touch amd a bad headache. He didn't hit his head or anything.

Knot on head: My husband just woke up from about 2 hrs sleep amd je has a knot on his forehead hurts to touch amd a bad headache. He didn't hit his head or anything. ANS: need more info. Did you hit him? Did he hit himself during sleep. Does he sleep walk. I am available live to help in next 3 hours here.

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The top of my head feels like ice when I sleep which causes me a bad headache. Should I be worried?

The top of my head feels like ice when I sleep which causes me a bad headache. Should I be worried?

Not yet: If you haven't experienced headaches before in your life, you should see a doctor to be sure your symptoms are not related to a more serious condition. There isn't a need to be worried now, especially if there are no other associated symptoms other than coldness. But since it is causing bad headaches it should be checked out.

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If I'm getting really bad headaches. But not eatin, sleeping properly or drinking enough is that probably why?

If I'm getting really bad headaches. But not eatin, sleeping properly or drinking enough is that probably why?

Yes or no: Life style can contribute but if these headaches impair you it is best to see your physicians for a clear diagnosis

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I can sleep through the night fine. But if I try to take a nap during the day I get a bad headache. Why is this?

I can sleep through the night fine. But if I try to take a nap during the day I get a bad headache. Why is this?

Avoid Naps: If you can't sleep through the night, it is best to avoid naps. Your goal is to regulate your night time sleep, instead of playing nap catch up. Try to set a regular wake time and get out of bed after 20 mins of tossing and turning. I have more sleep tips in my feed or look up healthy sleep habits. Consult w/ your doc about the headaches.

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I was sitting on the bathtub and slipped and hit the back of my head. I have a bad headache and all I want to do is sleep.

I was sitting on the bathtub and slipped and hit the back of my head. I have a bad headache and all I want to do is sleep.

Need appt. Asap: You need to go the emergency dept as you may have a concussion and or even a more serious slow bleed or sub dural hematoma (sdh). Do not fall asleep and get this evaluated asap. Best wishes.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more