Tension Headaches and Sleep Apnea
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Perhaps 90% of all headaches are tension headaches. They occur when muscle tension constricts the skull or puts pressure on certain nerves in the head.
Sleep apnea can contribute to tension headaches in many ways. During an apneic attack, your jaw may clench as part of your body’s attempt to reopen the airway: this gives the airway muscles better support, but it puts tension on the head. Sleep apnea can also increase stress levels, cause mood disorders, and result in less sleep, all associated with an increased risk of tension headaches.
However, research has not established a strong connection between sleep apnea and tension headaches. While some research establishes that people are slightly more likely to have tension headaches if they have sleep apnea, other studies show no correlation. Tension headaches are so common and have so many potential causes that it creates a lot of noise in clinical studies. However, it is likely that people inclined toward tension headaches will likely experience them more frequently and with greater intensity if they also have sleep apnea.
People with tension headaches might get significant relief by getting treatment from an Omaha sleep dentist.