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I’m dealing with bad migraines and I wake up with them mostly. I’ve been working with a neurologist and tried several medications over the last two years and nothing has worked. I have tried to increase my water intake, thinking maybe it’s just dehydration but it’s such a challenge to keep up.

Since I often wake up with the headaches, I wonder if it does have a dehydration component, as I’m not drinking at all overnight. Sometimes I wake up almost unable to talk since I’m so thirsty. I keep a water bottle by my bed and in the bathroom in case I wake up to go to the bathroom.

I wonder if anyone has any suggestions as to how I can battle the mornings and if you think that might help. I’m going on 6 years post takedown so it’s been quite sometime now. Maybe there isn’t a correlation but I’m just grasping as straws at this point. What does everyone else do to stay hydrated overnight?

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I too wake up sometimes in the middle of the night thirsty.  As I am an avid Gatorade drinker I do drink it throughout the day (32 -64 ozs), and drink some with my Imodium at bedtime. There are other hydration products out there and others will weigh in with their favorites.  I do not feel that water hydrates me enough, so hence the Gatorade.

It’s important to get the cause right so the potential solutions have a shot at working. Is your urine dark in the morning? If not then dehydration isn’t the most likely cause. A dry mouth can be the result of breathing through your mouth at night.

If it is really dehydration then a hydration solution in the evening might help. A bowel slower (or even a spoonful of peanut butter) at bedtime might help. If you are having liquid BMs then psyllium fiber with meals might help.

I honestly don’t understand what’s behind the common concern that it’s hard to keep up with hydration. I treat fluid intake as medicine, but (assuming non-liquid BMs) I can’t tell how much of this is forgetting to drink vs. being genuinely unable to consume adequate fluid. If it’s the latter then adding electrolytes with a little bit of glucose can help.

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