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If the sensation of a banging headache coincides with the sound of your alarm clock, you're not alone.

According to statistics, one in 13 people wake up with a headache (despite not having hit the vino the night before) and it turns out their sleeping position may be to blame for this one.

Highlighting the issue, Marie Claire gave us the 411 on the positions to avoid if we want to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning. (Or, you know, as close to human as possible)

According to those in the know, sleeping on your front, in the foetal position or with your arm over your head put you on the fast-track to a world of pain upon waking.

These positions are known to cause tension in the neck and shoulders while, in some cases, they are responsible for cutting off circulation in this area which understandably causes discomfort.

And while it may not sound the most appealing, for those who do wake up with headaches, experts advise you to adopt the 'coffin-pose 'before drifting off as this position maintains a straight spine and allows for proper blood circulation.

Worth a try, right?



Migraines can be very debilitating for sufferers as they can be intense.

They can often last up to 72 hours and include sensitivity to light, sound or smell as well as nausea. Very unpleasant!

While there is nothing wrong with using medicinal purposes advised by your doctor to help your migraines, you may find some of these more natural remedies may help ease the pain also.

While none of the following remedies are clinically proven to cure migraines, it is believed they help ease the severity.

1. Acupuncture
The ancient practice is said to ease migraine pain.

2. Ginger
Ginger is known to help ease headaches and migraines are no exception. Drink ginger tea or have it in a smoothie.

3. Butterbur
The root extracts of this plant are said to reduce the severity and frequency of migraines.

4. Tiger Balm
This is a herbal formulation that may help ease headaches.

5. Lavender
Lavender has long been famed for it’s soothing and relaxing properties. Try using a lavender pillow or essential oil.