What type of headache do you commonly experience? It might be hard to determine because there are so many different types of headaches. You may have even experienced them all already without even realizing it. But, by understanding the three main types of headaches, you can be more educated and prepared when your next headache shows up.

Tension-type headaches

This is the most common headache we experience. Tension headaches typically occur in about 30% to 70% of the population. This headache results from tension in the muscles in the neck or head whether it be from stress or an injury to the head. 

Other possible triggers could include alcohol, caffeine, fatigue, or clenching of the jaw. The most important thing to do is establish what tension is causing your headache, and work towards preventing it from happening in the future. 

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are just as complicated as migraines due to the fact that the cause of these headaches are unknown. Looking at the research, it is thought to be related to a sudden release of histamine or serotonin. This can be triggered by factors including alcohol, cigarettes, high altitude, heat, bright light, or exertion. 

Additionally, cluster headaches tend to occur at the same time each day, influencing researchers to believe that there is an abnormality in the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a region of the brain that regulates the biological clock. If you can pinpoint when your cluster headaches occur, you may be able to prevent them from happening in the future.


We often experience migraines and never figure out what the underlying trigger was. While the exact cause of migraines has yet to be determined, research has been done and has shown that genetic factors play a role in migraines, as well as hormone levels. In fact, migraines are three times more common among women than men. 

When experiencing a migraine, you will notice that it is unlike any typical headache. It is common to see what is called an “aura”. It is different for everyone, but it is very uncomfortable and unnerving. Triggers are hard to grasp due to the fact that they are different for everyone. Some common triggers however include stress, hunger, and fatigue. 

Contact us at AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions to learn more about headaches and how we can help you find relief from your pain.