Headaches From Oversleeping

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Headaches From Oversleeping
Too much sleep can cause headaches. (sleep image by DXfoto.com from Fotolia.com)

Even though a little extra sleep on the weekend might seem like a good idea, it can actually cause headaches. These headaches can give you a rough morning, but you can prevent them by sleeping for the recommended amount of time.

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Sleeping longer than the recommended seven to eight hours per night can cause headaches. According to WebMD, oversleeping can upset the balance of neurotransmitters and serotonin in the brain which can lead to headaches. Oversleeping can also disrupt your sleep cycle causing you to stay up later at night and have a headache the following morning. It also can cause you to miss any caffeine intake you usually have in the morning, causing a withdrawal headache.


Oversleeping can trigger migraine headaches, a more painful type of headache than the typical tension headache. Migraine triggers such as oversleeping cause arteries in your head to widen and become inflamed, causing intense throbbing pain and possibly nausea.


Maintain the same sleep schedule on the weekends that you do during the week and try to get between seven to eight hours of sleep. Keep your morning caffeine and activity routine on weekends similar to your routine on weekdays to prevent headaches caused by oversleeping. Check with your doctor if you continue to feel that you need more than eight hours of sleep each night.

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