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Controlling A Migraine Harder Than You Think

For thousands of men and women across America, the word migraine brings on thoughts of intense blinding pain, and the dread of missing work and spending the day in a dark room. Those who don’t get migraines may not understand the severe level of pain they can achieve, and associate them as average headaches. Best Health Magazine reports: “Migraine patients report many triggers including stress, sleep deprivation and irregular food intake (skipping meals). Many female migraine sufferers will have menstrual-related migraines, which may last longer at higher intensity and can be more difficult to treat.”

Migraines can occur for a number of reasons, but one thing that they tend to have in common are their symptoms which can come on slowly or all at once in a crashing wave of sharp throbbing pain. For many, this pain can be so intense that it can cause physical sickness and vomiting. Sufferers tend to need quiet, dark, and sleep to get over the effects of a migraine as standard headache medication doesn’t do much to help.

Watch That Clock

Although there is no cure for migraines, the medical community is constantly on the lookout for ways to prevent them, and some of these methods are pretty simple. One such method can be found in your own bedroom in the form of sleep; it seems that the number of hours you sleep could directly correlate to how sore your head is later in the day. Gretchen Tietjen MD is quoted by Web MD in saying: “Keep a regular schedule. Make sure you go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time in the morning. Get an adequate amount of sleep, but don’t oversleep. Eat your meals on a regular schedule.”

Try to keep your schedule from fluctuating too much by keeping regular sleep hours through the week as well as into the weekend. If you do this rather than allowing yourself to stay up later on Friday nights and sleep in on Saturdays and Sundays you will find that migraines are less common and easier to deal with.

Watch For Your Warning Signs

Not everyone will notice their warning signs, and it may not mean much when you do, but if you can start taking pain medication, relaxing in a hot bath, or laying down for a nap when you feel these beginnings of a migraine, you may save yourself from suffering from a real doozy. The National Library of Medicine writes: “Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an aura, before the actual headache begins. An aura is a group of symptoms, including vision changes. An aura is a warning sign that a bad headache is coming.”

Other than the aura, the only other true symptom people tend to experience is in the beginnings of pain itself. Try not to ignore these signs, and if you are able to lie down or take medication at these times you could help prevent a bad migraine from occurring.

Watch What You Eat

It has been a long and well known fact that the foods you put into your body can directly affect the way that your body feels later. This is especially true for people with migraines. Many migraine sufferers find that eating late at night, drinking sugary beverages such as cola, or snacking on sweet treats before bedtime can make the next day completely unbearable in terms of migraine potential.

Many people also suffer from migraines due to a lack of proper nutrition as not enough vitamins and minerals are entering their system on a regular basis. If you think that your diet may be missing something, or getting too much of something, you should speak to your doctor or nutritionist about the possibility of going on a healthy eating plan. What you eat can impact more than your chances of a migraine, it can also affect heart health, weight, back pain, how early you age, and a variety of other factors that can be harmful to you when you don’t eat right.

The natural flow of your life has a large impact on how your head feels throughout the week, so if you take care of yourself it may not completely chase away migraines for good, but you will certainly have a better chance of avoiding them in the future.

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