If you are a chronic headache sufferer, you need to know these five ways you could inadvertently be setting yourself up for your next headache:
- Sleep Habits
Too much or too little sleep can signal it's time for your next headache. The recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult is between seven to nine hours a night. It is also recommended that you go to bed and wake up at the same time, every day including weekends to maintain a balanced and adjusted sleep-wake cycle.
- Meal Habits
Not skipping a meal is key in reducing headache occurrences. Eating healthy foods at the same time each day signals to your body that you are on track. Not to mention, what you actually eat can have an impact. Experts agree that if you are prone to headaches, you should steer clear of aged cheeses containing tyramine, deli meats containing nitrates, any soy products, or pickled vegetables.
- Water Habits
Even mild to moderate dehydration can make migraine sufferers take a step in the wrong direction. Water is an essential component of our body that requires constant replenishing.
- Stress Habits
It’s simple, more stress equals more headaches. Tension headaches are often brought on by high-stress levels and those without a coping mechanism are set to suffer. Instead, employ a gentle practice like massage, meditation, or yoga to reduce stress or anxiety levels and uncover some inner calm.
- Drinking Habits
Last but not least, be wary of drinking alcohol if you are a migraine sufferer. The histamines present in certain beverages, like red wine, can trigger migraines in some individuals and further disrupt sleep.