The Sinus Pressure Headache that Sent Me Back To Bed

I slept pretty terribly last night. I went to bed with a headache that I’d had all day; a headache unlike the ones I get on those rare times when I get them. I couldn’t quite put my finger on the difference–but when I woke up in the middle of the night last night, I could: pressure. It felt like there was an enormous pressure inside my head, pulling apart the seams of my skull. I felt congested and Kelly suggested maybe it was a sinus headache. For those wondering just how bad my sleep was, here is what my FitBit Flex recorded:

Bad Night

Those light blue lines are times that I was restless. You can see that it seemed to go on most of the night, with a couple of large gaps–both of which were NyQuil-induced sleep.

I’m extremely busy at the day job these days, shepherding two related software projects into production, which sometimes feels like herding ants. I got up this morning, dressed, and headed into the office thinking I’d brute force my way through the day.  I made it until about 9:15 before I gave up, headed home and back into bed.

On my way, I picked up some medicine, Advil Sinus medicine with Sudofed, and that seemed to help relieve the pressure in my head. I slept from about 10 am until noon, and felt a little better. I am still in bed, still resting, but I am feeling a little bit better at this point. Actually, I’m feeling much better than I was at the peak of the pressure sometime around 1 am.

I’ll probably he taking it very easy the rest of the day. I’ll do some fiction-writing later.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.