The pain of a physical injury and a migraine are both equally hurtful. There is however one thing that differs between the two. A migraine can, in most cases, be rectified by simple non-medical remedies. Following some simple lifestyle tips will have a more deep impact on the incidence of migraine than the temporary relief that medication offers. It is natural to believe that medication is only part of the way to prevent headaches. Taking care of yourself, on the other hand, seems to be the more permanent cure towards lowering the severity and intensity of the migraines.
Here are some tips to help migraine sufferers make the best of their lifestyles:
A Calm and Tranquil Environment
When the going gets tough and you see a migraine coming, it’s a good idea to retreat from whatever you are doing to a more serene setting. You need some peace and quiet so that the migraine doesn’t get a chance to develop. Using earplugs to prevent noise and chaos from seeping through is a good idea. Lights should be shut off since in most cases. The brightness of the lights can have an effect on the migraine. A dark and quiet room where you can sleep or nap is much recommended.
Sometimes, the temperature can also play a role in triggering migraines. Similarly it is temperature itself that can help alleviate these headaches as well. Using icepacks on your head can have a soothing and numbing effect on the pain receptors. If your muscles are tight, applying either heating pads or hot packs can relax them. A warm bath can also result in the same effect of dulling the sensation of pain.
Know what else helps? A warm caffeinated beverage like coffee or tea. A little bit of caffeine can help the migraine ease in the early stages. If you drink too much of it, the result will be a withdrawal headache after a while. Caffeine can also make the potency of aspirin and acetaminophen a bit more effective.
Adequate Sleep and Quality Sleep
Headaches tend to keep you awake. In fact, one of the most common triggers for migraines is not having had a good night’s sleep. If you want to sleep soundly, here are some of the ways that you can. Stick to a regular sleep schedule. You will need to go to sleep at preset hours on weekdays and weekends both. If you want to nap during the daytime, make sure you keep it at 20-30 minutes maximum. Having longer naps is counterproductive to having a good night’s sleep.
As your day comes to an end, it’s time to unwind. Relax by listening to soft music, taking a warm bath or even enjoying a good book as bedtime approaches. You should also keep track of what you eat or drink before its time to call it a night. Even smoking and drinking as well as strenuous physical exercise can interfere with your sleep. Healthcare enthusiasts recommend keeping your bedroom free of any distractions. That means no TV or work stuff. Using a fan as counteract to other noise is also recommended. Trying to force yourself to sleep doesn’t work well. Read a book instead unless you feel drowsy.
What you eat has a direct impact on your onset of migraine. There are certain dietary basics that can help you in the prevention of headaches. Eat regularly and never skip on your meals, especially morning meals. You will also have to keep a food log about what you eat and whether there are specific foods that have a direct connection with your onset of migraines. Eliminate these foods from your diet methodically.
Incorporating these suggestions in your daily lives will make a huge difference in how you can continue to keep the scourge of migraines at bay. Controlling migraines is possible and helps you save the trip to the doctor.