The 6 reasons you might feel sick in the morning – it’s NOT just a sign of pregnancy

When you get sick in the morning, you may start thinking that you might be pregnant.

Women usually look for other symptoms when they wake up feeling nauseous, as this is one of the first signs you might expect.

Morning sickness can have a number of possible causes, the first being thought of as pregnancy


Morning sickness can have a number of possible causes, the first being thought of as pregnancyCredit: Alamy

dr Janice Johnston, chief medical officer and co-founder of healthcare provider Redirect Health, told Insider, “When we hear about morning sickness, the first thing most people think of is pregnancy.”

“That’s because morning sickness is a very common side effect of pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester, affecting around seven out of ten pregnant women.”

However, if pregnancy tests come back negative, it may be worth looking into other causes of morning sickness.

Here are some possible causes.

bad sleep

Have you ever gotten up for an early morning flight and felt hungry on the way to the airport?

A disrupted sleep cycle can affect our digestive system, said Dr. Johnston.

“It can make your stomach feel uncomfortable when you wake up in the morning,” she said.

Sleep quality can be affected by insomnia, sleep apnea, jet lag, or simply by changing your normal routine, such as walking. B. a later night, are affected.

low blood sugar

Blood sugar can drop if someone does not eat for a long period of time, i.e. overnight.

Normally, the body prevents this level from reaching dangerous levels, unless someone has diabetes.

Still, it can make you feel a little queasy in the morning before you eat and the sugar can get back into your bloodstream.

“Low blood sugar levels can result from not eating balanced meals containing fiber and complex carbohydrates, or from skipping meals altogether,” said Dr. Johnston.

“If you wake up with an upset stomach, it may be because you skipped dinner or simply didn’t eat enough the day before.”

acid reflux

Acid reflux occurs when the acid in your stomach backs up into your esophagus (the esophagus).

Symptoms include heartburn, bad taste in the mouth, hiccups, and nausea.

The NHS recommends that to prevent or relieve heartburn you raise the head of your bed by 10 to 20cm so that your head is higher than your waist.

This can prevent stomach acid from going down the throat in bed and prevent such unpleasant symptoms as morning sickness.

The health department also recommends eating three to four hours before bed and avoiding foods and beverages such as coffee, tomatoes, chocolate, fatty or spicy foods, and alcohol.


Not drinking enough fluids in the evening can lead to dehydration in the morning.

Symptoms may include dizziness.

But dehydration is also one of the main reasons why a hangover feels sick.

Other signs in adults include thirst, dark or strong-smelling urine, tiredness, and dry mouth and lips.


If you wake up feeling anxious, chances are it is accompanied by discomfort.

dr Johnston said, “Our gut, or gastrointestinal system, is intimately connected to our central nervous system and brain.”

“These two systems communicate back and forth so that if one is affected, the other will notice.”

Anxiety feels like being jittery, restless and with a sense of dread, says the NHS.

It may be difficult to eat, concentrate, or think clearly.

Physical symptoms include a rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, and shortness of breath.

Stress can trigger similar feelings.

sickness fever

Waking up with nausea may simply be a symptom of an illness you didn’t know you had.

Even a stuffy nose can cause nausea because it puts pressure on the inner ear, says Healthline.

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One of the main symptoms of an inner ear infection is dizziness or spinning sensations, which can lead to nausea.

If your morning sickness persists, you should talk to your GP.

Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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