5 Triggers To Avoid A Migraine

According to studies, around 2% of the world’s population suffers from chronic migraines. Also, migraines affect about three times more women than men. Research suggests that attacks may be down to multiple factors, so read on to learn what these are.

For every 1 million people, around 3,000 will experience migraine attacks on a given day. Moreover, in the UK, research has been published showing that there are 190,000 migraine attacks every day.

5 Triggers To Avoid A Migraine

What is a migraine?

Although migraines can take various forms, typically, sufferers will have a throbbing pain in the head. Frequently, this goes hand in hand with a pulsing sensation. These symptoms can be felt down one side of the head, and some sufferers will also have accompanying nausea, vomiting, and heightened sensitivity to light and sound.

Experiencing migraines is fairly common. Roughly one in five women will suffer at some point in their life, while among men, the rate is around one in fifteen. Symptoms usually start in adolescence or early adulthood. However, children can also experience migraines, and occasionally, people begin to suffer from them only in later life.

Sufferers typically experience different types of migraine, including:

– With an aura, where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins such as seeing flashing lights

– Without an aura, the most common type, where the migraine happens without any particular warning signs

– An aura without a headache, where someone has an aura or other migraine symptoms but no accompanying headache

While some sufferers may have frequent attacks, for example, several times a week, others may only get migraines occasionally. In fact, some individuals can go years without having a migraine and then suddenly get one or even a string of attacks.

When can migraines occur?

It’s hard to predict when a migraine might occur. However, there are numerous factors that can make someone more prone to getting migraines. It’s helpful to know what these are so that triggers can be avoided if possible or at least understood.

  1. Family history, age, and gender

If a close member of your family suffers from migraines, you may be more likely to develop migraines too. Although migraines can start at any age, they often begin in adolescence, and peak in the 30s. In the decades that follow, they usually become less frequent and less severe in certain individuals. Women are three times more likely to be affected than men, with hormonal changes during pregnancy or the menopause playing a key role. However, in general terms, migraines tend to improve after the menopause.

  1. Stress and tension

Stress can be experienced either at work or in personal or domestic circumstances. Changes that take place in the body due to the physical effects of stress can trigger migraines at that time and also in the aftermath.

  1. Irregular sleeping patterns and changes to daily routines

When the body’s circadian rhythms and metabolic patterns get out of sync, chemical changes can occur that disturb one’s physical and mental balance, potentially leading to migraines. For example, long journeys can precede an attack, and even pleasant changes like a holiday can be implicated.

  1. Dehydration

Since our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water, dehydration can have serious effects, such as inducing a migraine. Therefore, a simple tip for migraine relief is to drink plenty of water (2 liters of fluid intake a day is the general recommendation).

  1. Caffeine consumption

Caffeine has been linked to migraines due to the fact that it’s a stimulant. Issues related to caffeine can be caused by consuming too much, in the form of coffee, tea, and caffeinated drinks; or even abruptly giving up caffeine if the body is used to a regular intake. A good migraine relief tip, in this case, is to ensure any changes to caffeine intake are gradual so the body has time to adjust. Furthermore, avoid over-consumption!

In conclusion, experiencing migraines is debilitating and can severely affect the lives of sufferers. In milder cases, daily functioning may not be too adversely affected. But in more extreme cases, sufferers may have to take time off work, cancel social activities and even spend several days resting in bed until the migraine has passed.

If you’re reading this because you suffer from migraines, or know someone who does, then please consider the above triggers when looking for migraine relief. And don’t be afraid to seek medical advice from your doctor as well.

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  1. I got diagnosed with migraines as a teen and still have them but they have actually gotten better because I know most factors that bring them on. Also those weird florescent lights are a huge trigger for me. Mine are mostly from stress and lack of sleep. So when I feel really stressed I go and run my essential oils on my temples wrists neck and behind my ears. I have a roll on labeled Migraines lol

    • Yes stress is a huge one for me too. I used to get a lot of migraines as a child but then they cleared up. I now only get them just before my period and when I am very stressed out.

  2. Not getting enough water is a good one. I have headaches all the time but not Migraines, thank goodness. You have some really good points

    • Water is usually a huge culprit – before you choose medication rather drink a glass of water and see if that helps.

  3. My mother suffers from migraines constantly, so this is an extremely helpful article! I’ll be sure to share it with her. I always figured coffee was connected to headaches, and unfortunately that’s all she ever drinks! Great read, thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Hi Lynne. I never had a migraine but I do get tension headaches from time to time. I actually noticed that coffee triggers headaches but during my pregnancy and still I moved down from 2 cups to 1. What worked amazingly for my headaches and flu etc is DISPRIN, but ypu know well with baby I can’t consume it currently🙂

  5. Migraines can feel like near death experiences! A friend of mine suffered from these and the reasons you’ve listed are spot on, Lynne! Her problem was stress and of course irregular routine. She overcame it with homeopathy. The causes for migraine apply also to general health. Ensuring that we change our lifestyle to more healthy habits can prevent so many health issues! Thank you for these great reminders.

    • I’m glad to hear she overcame her migraines. I get them every now and then, in particular just before my period starts and when I get very stressed out.

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