For most people who suffer from migraine headaches, sleeping in a quiet, dark room is about all that is possible on days when something triggers the condition. Though these often-excruciating episodes seem to come from nowhere, a few common causes demonstrate that avoiding certain activities and sensory stimulation can serve as a first line of preventive care.
No two people are exactly alike, though, so it’s critical to identify the triggers that affect you most by keeping track of what you are doing when the next attack happens. Here are some common migraine triggers that could be causing your headaches.
Stress affects more than your psychology—it has physical consequences, too. During times of intense stress, your muscles become tense and your blood pressure rises, which can cause the onset of migraines. According to the American Headache Society, about 4 in 5 people report stress as a migraine trigger.
To overcome this trigger, you will first need to know the sources of stress in your life. Start making a list of known stressors today, and continue to expand your list as you discover new sources. When stress rears its head, coping strategies like meditation and conscious breathing exercises can reduce the likelihood that stress will trigger a headache.
Some people who suffer from migraines report that certain smells can set them off. If the offending odors are present during a headache, they can actually make things worse, too.
Along with your stressor list, start compiling a list of odors that you think might serve as a trigger for you.
Dehydration can be dangerous on its own, but when it causes a migraine episode, it can be difficult to treat. If you notice that you are dizzy or confused when you feel a headache coming on, try drinking a glass of water. If you know that dehydration is one of your triggers, you should always carry a water bottle with you and refill it regularly.
Erratic Sleep Schedule
Brain health and sleep are inextricably connected. A healthy sleep schedule is a critical part of managing your condition because poor sleep hygiene is a major trigger for many people.
If you think poor sleep habits could be causing your migraines, try creating a sleep schedule. Go to sleep at the same time every night, try to get at least seven hours of sleep, and avoid electronic screens at least an hour before bed.
Don’t Suffer Through Another Migraine without a Fight
Are you tired of living with this debilitating condition? You don’t have to suffer through it in silence. If you want to learn more about a treatment plan that could help you spend less time just trying to make it through your migraines and more time living, contact me.
Let’s talk about a plan of action that will help you start living the life you want.