How to Avoid Headaches + How to Treat Them

Savings DisclosureHow to Avoid Headaches

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 Headache...and treat them if it happens

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.

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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.

Keep yourself prepared by stocking up on Excedrin and save with one of the printable Excedrin coupons below. You can save $1 on Any One Excedrin 20 Ct. or Larger and save $2 on Any One Excedrin 80 Ct. or Larger. Both coupons expire 9/4/16.
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  1. Thanks so much for sharing these great coupons! Excedrin is the only thing that will touch my headaches, so I’m always on the lookout for extra savings.

  2. I rarely get headaches, so when one strikes I’m a big baby. I’ll add headache medicine to the grocery list and smack the next one down!

  3. Headaches are one of the worst types of pain. My husband keeps Excedrin on hand all the time.

  4. In my second trimester, I’ve been experiencing a lot of headaches. Drinking lots of water seems to work for me!

  5. I swear by Excedrin Migraine! There have been so many occasions where it has relieved my symptoms enough to allow me to function again.

  6.' Kimberly Flickinger says:

    These are great tips for dealing with headaches and how to avoid them. I used to get Botox for my migraines; however, since I have fewer now, I take Excedrin for my migraines.

  7. These are some really good ideas. I tend to get headaches when I’m not drinking enough water. Stress certainly doesn’t help either.

  8. These are really helpful tips! I always use Excedrin when I get migraines.

  9. Ugh. I get migraines from time to time, usually from lack of sleep. If I’m ever feeling a slight headache, though, it’s usually due to dehydration.

  10. Nice post! I’m sure it will help many. Sadly I’m not one of those people, so I shall continue to battle my daily headaches until someone figures out what’s causing them…

  11.' shelly peterson says:

    I get headaches quite often. I am sure from lack of sleep and stress and my daughter gets migraines a lot. I have never tried Excedrin before. I will have to try it out.

  12.' Julie Wood says:

    Excedrin really does help me get over a headache. And headaches are the worst and I get them if I overdo it during the day, but mostly from stress!

  13.' Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I suffer from terrible headaches. I always keep a bottle of Excedrin in my bag. It works in no time.

  14. It’s important to get rid of headaches or prevent it if you can. It’s such a hassle to have to deal with it especially if you have a lot of work or tasks lined up!

  15. I get headaches often. I may need to add Excedrin to my stash.

  16. This is great, I had no idea how to prevent them. Drinking enough water is so important for me, especially here in California where it’s so hot.

  17. Excedrin Migraine has saved me on more than one occasion! I’m a hot mess when I have a migraine!

  18. I like the extra strength Excederin. That’s the only one I use when I know I have a migraine coming on.

  19.' Nicole Escat says:

    I haven’t tried Excederin. This sounds really helpful especially for me, I often have headaches.

  20.' aziel morte says:

    This past few days I always have headache and it’s hard for me doing my job. I would give it a try

  21. I didn’t know too much sleep could cause a headache. I guess everything in moderation, even sleep.

  22.' Austin H. says:

    I agree with what you have to say. Personally I think most come from lack of sleep. It is very important as is stress. Both are bad for your health and overall well-being . But then again, who likes stress?

  23.' ellen beck says:

    Excerdin really does work wonders. There arent a whole lot of meds I can take, and this one that is on my list that not only works but doesnt have side effects. I hate headaches and usuall y get them when I am stressed or lack of sleep.

  24. I get a lot of headaches unfortunately. Medications don’t really do much for them. I’ll have to give excederin a try.

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