Aa
A
A
A
Close
Migraines and Headaches Community
6.76k Members
Avatar universal

3am migraines

For the past 2 years I go to bed without a headache. I sleep about 4 hrs and then the rest of the night I wake up and go to sleep several times.  Nightly I get hit with a most painful migraine about 3-4am. I have to take my migraine med. I don't drink alcohol, my diet is close to pure, i exercise.  I've had migraines all my life but the early am are a new type.  Can you suggest what could be causing this early morning migraines. I do not have an endless supply of meds and they are playing hell with my energy and moods.  Thank u. js
3 Responses
Avatar universal
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hi,
How are you? Are there other symptoms present? Are there other symptoms present?  Do you get relief also from your migraine headaches during this time? According to some literature, migraines may follow a time clock and may be associated with the hypothalamus  in the brain. A headache journal or the headache tracker here in the forum may help identify possible triggers that you can avoid especially at night. If it persists, you may need to have this checked by your doctor for proper evaluation. Take care and regards.  
Avatar universal
I do recall reading an article about early morning (4:00 A.M.) headache/migraine cycles.  The article suggested that, if my memory serves me right, our bodily hormonal cycles begin releasing a type of chemical to begin the awakening process.  I can't remember if it was related to the thyroid or the thalmus however.  If I can find it I will post the title here.
Avatar universal
Found it.  It is from the National Headache Foundation.  The web address is headache.org  Search by the following title: Early Morning Awakening Headache

Have an Answer?
Top Neurology Answerers
620923 tn?1452919248
Allentown, PA
1780921 tn?1499305393
Queen Creek, AZ
1756321 tn?1547098925
Queensland, Australia
Avatar universal
Trinity , TX
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out how beta-blocker eye drops show promising results for acute migraine relief.
In this special Missouri Medicine report, doctors examine advances in diagnosis and treatment of this devastating and costly neurodegenerative disease.
Here are 12 simple – and fun! – ways to boost your brainpower.
Discover some of the causes of dizziness and how to treat it.
Discover the common causes of headaches and how to treat headache pain.
Two of the largest studies on Alzheimer’s have yielded new clues about the disease