Waking With Headache or Migraine is as a Result of Neck Position

September 28, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Check your pillow if you wake with headache

Check your pillow if you wake with headache

In a recent survey of over 1000 adults it was found that 5% (48) reported waking with headache, problems staying asleep and regular use of sleep medication, and wait for it … difficulties staying awake and falling asleep unwillingly during the day! Wouldn’t we all if we had not had a good nights sleep or still under the influence of sleep medication!

If you are waking with headache then you may need to check your pillow of the number of your pillows. As a clinician it is not easy to advise on pillows as we are all different sizes and shapes; many of my patients have a number of pillows gathering dust in the wardrobe as they go about the eternal search for the ideal pillow!

I find the best approach is to use a soft pillow – something like a feather and down pillow which fits you, rather than forcing you to fit it – unlike many of those foam shaped pillows – too bad if your neck is not the same shape as the pillow! I tried one once and it gave me headache!



(Seidel S, Kloch G, Moser DC, Zeitlhofer J, Wober C Morning headaches are related to sleep problems and poor daytime functioning – a population-based controlled study Cephalalgia 2009;29(Suppl. 1): 1–166)

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About dean
Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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