Have you ever had to miss out on a fun social event because of a headache? Have you snapped at your kids to be quiet (even when they were only normal “kid volume”) because of a throbbing pain in your head? Headaches are no fun and they can rob us of some of the small and big moments of joy in our life. Knowing how to avoid headaches can help reduce the likelihood of getting one. Of course, not all headaches are preventable, but you can try a few of these ideas to learn how to avoid headaches.
How to Avoid Headaches
Sleep – We all know that sleep is good for our health in general, but not getting enough sleep or an irregular sleep pattern may trigger headaches for some people. But getting TOO MUCH sleep can also trigger headaches. 7-9 hours is the recommended amount for most adults. Sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea can be linked to headaches. If you think you may suffer from a sleep disorder, consult your doctor.
Stress – Stress is a big contributor to headaches, particularly the tension headache (which many of us call a stress headache). When we get stressed we tighten up our neck, shoulders and even our scalp, triggering headaches. While we can’t always control the things that give us stress, using stress relief techniques and practicing yoga can help to relieve the stress.
Food and Drink – Skipping a meal can lead to a headache – I know that has happened to me many times! Not drinking enough water can also lead to dehydration which can also trigger headaches. What you eat and drink can also be a factor. Wine is sure to give me a headache almost every time. For some people foods liked aged cheeses, hot dogs or other foods with nitrites, fermented soy products like soy sauce, and pickled foods can cause headaches.
How to Treat Headaches
So, what do you do if you still end up with a headache anyway? For me the answer is always the same – Excedrin. I am very relieved that I don’t get nearly as many headaches as I did when I was working a high-stress corporate job. During that time I went through a lot of Excedrin because it was the only thing that would treat my headaches. Now I still keep it on hand for when headaches strike. It’s good to know that if I do end up with a headache I will be able to get some relief.
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