Hypnic headaches are a rare headache-type that occur at night, during sleep. They are recurrent, causing the individual to awaken from sleep, and typically last from 15 minutes to 4 hours per episode.

These headaches are more common in older people with about 90% occurring for the first time after the age of 50.

The causes of hypnic headaches are not fully understood but theories include dysregulation of melatonin and issues with a structure within the brain called the hypothalamus.

Other symptoms that may accompany the headaches include runny nose, drooping of the eyelids, and tearing of eyes.

If you think you might have hypnic headaches, talk to your Health care provider about treatment options.

By: Brooke Steiger, NP