Migraines & Morning Headaches

Migraines & Morning Headaches

December 31, 2020

Do you suffer from Migraines? What about morning headaches?

How productive is your day, when you start it out in pain?

Let me guess…. I bet you feel at least a little more moody, irritable, depressed and anxious. I would also venture to guess that you can’t concentrate as well, have slower reflexes, crave carbohydrates and struggle with sleepiness or fatigue throughout the day.

Did you know that studies have found repeated migraines can contribute to the following health issues?

  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Depression
  • Risk of Stroke
  • Memory Loss
  • Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease

Do you know what the best treatment and prevention for migraines is?


If you experience chronic migraines or morning headaches, it may be a sign that you have a sleep breathing disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea.

How are the two related, you ask?

Well, from what I have found in my research, the jury is still out on a definitive answer. Many suggest that migraines and headaches could be triggered by the decreased oxygen levels and increased carbon dioxide levels in the body caused by repetitive apneas (episodes of stopped breathing for 10 seconds or more throughout the night). These apneas not only disrupt the oxygen levels in your brain, but they also cause you to wake up just enough that it disturbs your sleep cycle. Lack of a full sleep cycle robs your body from restoring itself and purging the toxins from your brain, including the stress hormone cortisol and the peptide associated with Alzheimer’s disease called beta-amyloid.

The Migraine Relief Center,[4][4] recommends making sleep disorder treatment a priority because it tends to improve a person’s overall health considerably. They also go on to say: “For many patients, being able to breathe correctly at night provides substantial relief in the sense that they are able to reduce the frequency of their migraine episodes. Some patients are able to transform their migraine conditions from chronic to occasional just by improving their sleep patterns. By doing so, they are also reducing their risk of developing hypertension and strokes later in their lives.”

Dr. Azouz has found that by changing the structure of the upper and lower jaws, using a non-surgical, pain-free, FDA approved oral device, patients have found improvement in snoring, sleep apnea, migraines and morning headaches. Studies have shown that underdeveloped dental arches may be a root cause of a constricted upper airway[5][5], which is a key factor in sleep disordered breathing[6][6] (sleep apnea).

If you suffer from migraines or morning headaches, please don’t wait another day to make a complimentary evaluation appointment with Dr. Azouz at our Citrus Heights, CA office and see if this appliance would be right for you!

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 


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