Early morning headaches caused by tension and stress are commonly treated with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen, explains Mayo Clinic. People can relieve headaches by working to relieve stress through meditation, relaxation training, gentle neck stretches and massage. Cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback may also help relieve pain associated with early morning headaches.
Throbbing and severe early morning headaches could indicate a migraine and should be treated by applying a cold or hot compress to the head or neck, taking prescription medications such as sumatriptan or zolmitriptan, massaging the face and temples and resting in a quiet and dark room, recommends Mayo Clinic. Small amounts of caffeine and massage may help relieve symptoms of a severe morning headache.
Chronic daily headaches that occur in the early morning could be caused by a traumatic brain injury, a brain tumor, infections that produce inflammation in the brain's blood vessels and intracranial pressure that is too high or too low, according to Mayo Clinic. A disorder or illness could be causing early morning headaches, too. Patients should report symptoms to a medical professional to determine if the cause of the headaches are due to lifestyle habits or a medical condition.