Headaches at Nighttime? Meet the Alarm Clock Headache

Posted by on Nov. 30, 2012

Headaches at Nighttime? Meet the Alarm Clock Headache

Did you know that there is a kind of headache that can attack at the same time? This is called a hypnic headache or the alarm clock headache. It is a rare headache disorder that can attack at the same time of the night. The attacks usually occur between 1 to 3 AM which may last from 15 minutes to 6 hours. The trigger of this headache is unknown.

The usual symptoms of hypnic headache include abrupt pain from one or both sides of the head which typically last for 30-60 minutes. Once the pain is gone, you can resume your sleep. However, the pain could attack more than once.

Effective treatments for hypnic disorder include indomethacin and caffeine which should be taken before bedtime. To be sure, ask for your doctor’s advice on the diagnosis of the condition you are experiencing and the safest treatment available.


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