Migraines are so painful that many migraine sufferers try almost anything to prevent them. Most of the time, however, the actual cause is out of your control. Common causes include a family history of migraines, hormone fluctuations, and changing weather conditions. Read on to learn eight common mistakes people make and what you can do to manage migraines.
Dos and Don’t When You Suffer from Migraines https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F7f%2Fcf%2F60c3e0794433b07286f55319d281%2Fmistakes-people-with-migraines-make-dcp-is-738x399-isk-27734786.jpg
Many people with migraines go to great lengths to avoid foods believed to “trigger” headaches like alcohol, chocolate, and cheese. The reality is that research has not consistently found food to be a reliable trigger. Before eliminating a food from the diet, find out if it is a true headache-trigger for you. Keep a food diary to track how you feel after consuming certain foods. You may be surprised by what you find.
1. Avoiding Too Many Potential Trigger Foods https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F09%2Fec%2F5b31117b43fc9edba42baacd32e0%2Fmistakes-people-with-migraines-make-dcp-s1-738x399-isk-8419459.jpg
Too little sleep (less than six hours) or too much sleep (more than nine hours) per night is a proven migraine trigger. Anxiety is often a reason for too little sleep, and depression may be a cause of too much sleep. Many people with migraines also have symptoms of anxiety and depression. There are ways to improve sleep, which can make a big difference in your headaches. If you have sleep problems, talk to your doctor about how to get a better night’s rest.
2. Not Getting Appropriate Sleep https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F17%2F75%2F1e49f167421f9457151581547262%2Fmistakes-people-with-migraines-make-dcp-s2-738x399-isk-14593347.jpg
Stress is the most common headache trigger, according to the American Headache Society. Many of us don’t do enough to manage stress. Although it’s impossible to remove all stress from life, we can reduce or change the response to it. Great ways to relieve stress include getting enough sleep, exercising, deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and biofeedback. Take time to unwind and relax each day. A psychologist can also teach you skills to help control your reaction to stress.
3. Not Using Stress Reduction Techniques https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fcb%2Fb9%2Fb10e6c9542c187d086b00e7a8ab7%2Fmistakes-people-with-migraines-make-dcp-s3-738x399-isk-28307984.jpg
Small amounts of caffeine can help relieve headaches. Doctors may recommend drinking coffee for a headache, but too much caffeine can actually cause headaches. Studies have found that consuming 100 mg of caffeine (the equivalent of a cup of coffee) daily increases possible daily headaches three-fold. Other chemicals linked to headaches include aspartame, MSG, and nitrates. Cut back or eliminate caffeine and these other chemicals to see if it helps your headaches.