Back to Headaches 10 headache triggers It's not just stress and nasty colds that cause headaches. Cleaning your home or sleeping in late can cause them too. We reveal 10 headache triggers and how to fix them. Why is that? It's because as the tension of the week subsides, your levels of stress hormones drop, which causes a rapid release of neurotransmitters the orwl chemical messengers.
These send out impulses to blood vessels to constrict and then dilate, which causes a headache. How lookinb fix it: Avoid the temptation to sleep in at weekends. More than 8 hours' sleep at a time can bring on a headache. Introduce some relaxation time, such as a yoga class, into your working week, rather than squeezing it all into the weekend. This is a of a tension headache.
How to fix it: When you start feeling lookig, breathe deeply and slowly. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, This should relax your head and neck muscles. Typically, the pain throbs in the base of the skull and sometimes flashes into the face, especially the forehead.
How to fix it: Avoid sitting or standing in one position for a long period of time. Sit up straight and support your lower back.
Consider using a special heet if you spend a lot of time on the phone, as holding a handset between your head and shoulder can strain muscles and cause headaches. You could also see a physical therapist, such as an osteopath or Alexander technique practitioner. They may be able to help you identify and correct any posture problems.
Household cleaners, along with perfumes and fragranced air fresheners, contain chemicals that can bring on headaches.
Use fragrance-free air fresheners and household cleaners, and keep your doors and windows open as much as possible at home. If a colleague's perfume is bothering you, put a fan on your desk at work. Pressure changes that cause weather changes are thought to trigger kral and electrical changes in the brain.
This irritates nerves, leading to a headache. Check the weather forecast here. How to fix it: Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you givd. about teeth grinding.
This is because bright and flickering lights boost the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, which then activate the migraine centre. How to fix it: Sunglasses are great at reducing light intensity, and you can wear them inside and outside. Polarised lenses can also help to reduce glare. At work, adjust your computer monitor or attach a glare screen.
You may be able to turn off certain lights or move them. If you can't, change where you sit in the office. Fluorescent lighting tends to flicker, so if you're able to, substitute it with some other form of lighting. All IIm foods contain chemicals that can bring on a migraine.
Other culprits include aged cheeses like stilton and brie, diet fizzy drinks, and processed meats and fish. How to fix it: Keep a migraine trigger diary and once you suspect a certain food may be the cause of your headaches, eliminate it from ora, diet for a couple of months to see if you get fewer headaches.
If you're concerned about avoiding any food-related trigger factor, see your GP or practice nurse or ask to be referred to a dietitian morinng specialist advice. Remember to eat regularly, because skipping meals can bring on a headache. The Migraine Trust offers an online migraine trigger diary here.
Doctors think sex headaches are due to pressure building up in the head and neck bive. The headaches can happen during foreplay or just before orgasm, and can last for a few minutes or up to an hour.
Take a painkiller a few hours beforehand to block the headache. Then you're susceptible to ice cream headaches, caused by cold material moving across the roof of your mouth and the back of your throat.
Ice lollies and slushy frozen drinks have the same effect. How to fix it: Thia good news is that ice cream headaches don't need treatment.
In fact, they're over in a flash, rarely lasting more than a minute or two. last reviewed: 21 December Next review due: 21 December Support links.