HEADACHE REASONS | REMEDIES
REASONS FOR HEADACHE
What could be the cause of daily headaches? We all get headaches and the vast majority of them and nothing to worry about, here I’m going to teach you how and why we get headache, and how to get rid of them and when you should seek medical attention.
First and most importantly, drink plenty of water, around six to eight glasses a day, and avoiding missing meals, plus avoid drinking alcohol.
Have a light exercise every now and then, you can also take paracetamol or ibuprofen to help with the pain but always speak to your pharmacist and read the information leaflet to make sure that it’s suitable and safe to take it.
Do you know? If you’re taking the painkiller for 15 days or more per month it can actually be causing your headache, yes that is right, this is something called medication overuse.
There are also many things that can either bring on a headache or make it worse and these are often overlooked by many patients so let’s run through them.
Number 1: WORKING & SLEEPING HOURS PATTERN
You may find that you work ten hours a day Monday to Friday you get no headaches and on a weekend you wake up with a pounding headache.
This is all because your stress hormones are dropping and you’re getting a rapid release of neurotransmitters.
To avoid these weekend headaches you need to try and sleep for seven to eight hours on a weekend.
Yes, you are tired, I know you’ve worked really hard but this oversleeping is causing the headaches. Also, incorporate relaxing time during your weekdays don’t just save it all for the weekend.
Include, something like yoga throughout the week as well and this will help, which moves us on to
Number 2: INTENSE PERFUME & SMELL
If you think housework is giving you headaches then you could be right because many cleaning products, perfumes, and air fresheners contain chemicals that can bring on headaches.
I guess it could be an excuse for you not to do the cleaning.
To fix this it’s pretty simple just avoid using heavy smelling cleaning products and perfumes and air fresheners and things like that also leave as many windows open as possible.
It is going to help get more fresh air in and more of the heavy smells out
Number 3: BRIGHT & FLICKERING LIGHTS
Bright lights or glittering / flickering lights a can actually induce migraines by increasing certain chemicals in the brain which activate the migraine centre.
To fix this try wearing sunglasses, or polarized lenses, also help with the glare from monitors you can also try adjusting the brightness on your monitor this will help with the glare, or use a glass screen.
If you’re working in an office or somewhere that has fluorescent lights these tents of flicker so try and use an alternative light source which will help with this.
Number 4: IN-CORRECT POSTURE
Bad posture can cause tension in your back in your neck and even in your shoulders and this can bring on headaches.
So, instead try not to sit down or stand up for long periods in the same position, try to move around more and try to sit upright as much as you can.
Number 5: ANGER MANAGEMENT
We all get angry it’s normal, but remember when you do get angry the muscles in the back of your neck in your scalp they tense.
This causes tension headaches, so you need to find ways to relax more so when you feel like you are going to get angry, take a deep slow breath in through your nose and out of your mouth, this method will help you in muscle. Following is procedure about muscle relaxation.
Number 6: FOOD TRIGGERS
Now we’re all different and different foods can affect us all differently, whether common triggers for headaches are cheese fizzy drinks and processed meats.
So keep a food diary on your phone, write down everything you eat when you eat it and when you get a headache or a migraine then try and find a correlation and then eliminate them. Eliminate for two weeks, if you notice a change then consult your doctor and make them aware of this now with headaches.
REMEDIES FOR HEAD ACHE
Try cold compress, it will reduce headache, simply apply cold bag of ice around neck area. If you don’t have icebag, simply soak towel in cold water and keep it on your back side of neck for a minute or so.
If you are not tea/coffee lover then this is the time to include tea or coffee as a headache remedy, caffeine improve the mood by increasing alertness.
Ginger is amazing natural anti-inflammatory drug, taking ginger power in capsule or by tea can reduce headache.