Do chronic headaches keep you from enjoying your favorite activities? Are migraines destroying your quality of life? There is help.
Headaches may be triggered or worsen with certain types of foods, activities, medications or stress, according to the American Headache Society Committee for Headache Education (ACHE), an organization made up of 1,500 physicians, health professionals and research scientists. Their goal is to provide resources and tools for health care providers so they can work effectively with headache patients and their families to manage the debilitating illness.
According to ACHE, Below is a list of possible ways to make a few modifications to your lifestyle that may significantly impact the frequency of headaches, reports ACHE.
Get Regular Sleep
* Go to bed and wake up at regular times each day.
* Do not sleep excessively on the weekends and too little on the weekdays.
* Most adults need about six to eight hours of sleep a night.
Eat Regular Meals
* Low blood sugar can trigger a headache.
* Eat regular meals three times each day including protein, fruits, vegetables, and carbohydrates.
* Too much sugar may lead to rapid increase in blood sugar followed by a rapid decline in blood sugar, which can trigger a headache.
Get Moderate Amounts of Routine Exercise
* Moderate exercise three to five times each week will help reduce stress and keep you physically fit.
* Too much exercise or inconsistent patterns of exercise may trigger headache.
Your headaches are specific to you. It can often be difficult to discover the individual causes and triggers that contribute to debilitating headaches. The National Headache Foundation provides education and resources to further understand headaches, including Headache Topic Sheets and Headache Diaries.
Use these tools to figure out headache triggers so you can avoid them, and be sure to bring them with you to your next health care appointment.