Posted 10/16/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -7)
I've had aggravated headaches from intense dreams in the past. It could mean a few things. First, intense, especially upsetting or frustrating, dreams are usually a sign of high stress which is obviously a common headache trigger. The intense dreams could also be a sign of an underlying sleep problem--apnea, RLS, etc--that could be an even greater cause of headache. The most important fact is that bad sleep is often one of the nastiest but also potentially most avoidable headache triggers. Think about seeing a sleep specialist. And practice good sleep habits: not too much water before bed, don't exercise within 5-6 hours of sleep, no caffeine after the early afternoon, keep a regular sleep/wake pattern.