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Headaches are extremely common, affecting two to four percent of the world’s population. The causes are complex, and waking up with a headache introduces new variables. More often than not, people ignore or fail to report morning headaches because getting on with the busy day is more important.

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1. Nighttime Teeth Grinding

During sleep, some people grind their teeth, a condition called bruxism. With the help of polysomnography, researchers can firmly link sleep-related bruxism and waking up with a headache. One case showed that teeth-grinding resulted in problems with the individual's temporomandibular joint, resulting in bilateral, pulsing morning headaches that went on for years.

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