What are Migraine Triggers and How to Minimize a Migraine’s Impact

Migraine headaches can be painful and disruptive to your everyday life. Some people experience migraines once a year. Others have multiple migraines a week. 

According to the American Migraine Association, 36 million Americans experience migraine headaches. 

What makes people experience migraines, and how can we lessen their impact on our daily lives?

Causes of Migraines

Physical Triggers: The way your body is positioned can have a dramatic effect on your neck, shoulders, and head. Having neck or shoulder tension, poor posture and physical overexertion have all been linked as triggers for migraines. 

Use an ergonomically designed set up for work at computers and desks. Chairs with lower back support and healthy posture positioning can go a long way towards comfort. Blue light blocking glasses and a safe reading distance from your monitor can also lessen the likelihood of a migraine. Reducing body tension can impact blood flow in the body and have a ripple effect on maintaining back and neck health. 

Getting enough sleep is also am important way to reduce the impact that migraine triggers can have. Going to sleep at a consistent time, allowing you to get the sleep that your body needs can also ward off migraines. 

Food and Diet: Many people are unaware that not eating can bring on a headache. Additionally, eating foods that contain the additive tyramine can contribute to triggering a migraine. 

Consider avoiding or limiting your intake of chocolate, cheese and citrus fruits if you are prone to migraines. 

Another common trigger of migraines is being dehydrated. Always be sure to have a glass of water or a water bottle nearby. Having enough water can ward off a migraine while also enhancing digestion, respiration and boosting your immune system. 

Environmental Triggers: Strong smells and second-hand smoke are common triggers of migraines. Request that your employer begin a fragrance-free workplace program to minimize the likelihood of developing a migraine at work. 

Flickering screens, bright lights, and other triggering lights have also been connected to a higher likelihood of developing a migraine. Instead of using overhead fluorescent lighting, add lamps and soft lighting. Wear blue light blocking glasses anytime using a screen. Be sure to replace monitors and devices that begin to flicker or become unpredictable.

Migraines can make a day much harder. A bit of prevention can go a long way towards comfort and peace. 

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