10 Things Women Love That Cause Migraines

August 11, 2016  |  
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If you are someone who suffers from migraines, then you know that (contrary to popular belief) they are not just “bad headaches.” Migraines can be so terrible that you think you have to go to the hospital. They can come with blurry vision, anxiety, nausea, depression and, yes, a very bad headache. But they can make it impossible for a person to do the tiniest task, like make a sandwich, let alone go to work. So if you know all of this, then you probably are constantly on the hunt to discover what triggers a migraine so that you can stay far, far away from it. Unfortunately, many of life’s best things can trigger migraines. Even more unfortunate is the fact that many of life’s best things that women love in particular can cause migraines. And this is what they are.

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The pill

Birth control doesn’t necessarily trigger migraines, but those that offer a variance in hormonal doses in one pack can. Any time your estrogen levels fluctuate, you can experience a migraine.

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What can be done

Consider trying a pill that keeps your hormones consistent throughout the month. This may, just so you know, mean fewer periods which some women find controversial.

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Not wearing sunglasses

You probably know that people suffering from migraines are very sensitive to the light. But light can be problematic for migraine sufferers even when they aren’t having an episode.

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What can be done

If you suffer from migraines, intense stimuli like a bright, sunny day can trigger a migraine. While a sunny day might inspire you to go for a jog or move our yoga session outdoors, you should consider avoiding extending time in bright light, and always wear sunglasses.

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Oversleeping

You probably know that not sleeping enough will cause a migraine, but did you know that sleeping too much can, too? Any change in sleep schedule can trigger a migraine, which is why jet lag almost always brings one on.

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What you can do

Try your hardest to keep a regular sleep schedule. That means that even on the weekends, you should attempt to wake up at least close to the time you do during the week.

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Seasonal changes

We know that seasonal depression is possible, and studies have found an increase in migraines among people experiencing depression. With that in mind, it’s not so surprising that a sudden change in the weather can bring on a migraine.

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What you can do

You can’t stop a rain storm from happening, but you can be extra careful to avoid other migraine triggers when the seasons change. So don’t let foggy weather encourage you to sleep all day.

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Relaxing

There’s such thing as a letdown migraine. It’s what happens when your brain has been pumping out stress chemicals consistently, and then you totally relax. The process your brain goes through when it abruptly stops producing those chemicals can trigger a migraine.

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What you can do

Find ways to manage stress as it comes up, rather than thinking, “I’ll just tolerate it and relax at the end of the week.” Doing so can only result in a migraine that ruins your relaxing weekend.

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Food

Food that causes a migraine in one person won’t necessarily cause one in another. If you know you have a sensitivity to food because it causes indigestion or nausea, it may also cause migraines.

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What you can do

If you suffer from regular migraines, you should keep a diary of what you eat, and a diary recording each time a migraine occurs. This can help you track foods that could be triggering migraines.

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Infrequent exercise

Exercise sets off a series of events in your body, most of which are good, but they’re intense and can trigger a migraine. If you barely exercise but get in a long jog very so often, you might come home to a migraine.

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What you can do

It’s best to exercise a little every day than to do it in large, irregular spurts. This way, your body won’t be too shocked when you do exercise.

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Coffee, coffee, coffee

Any change in caffeine habits can cause a migraine. Caffeine triggers chemical responses in your brain. Not getting caffeine triggers them, too. If these responses happen suddenly, it could result in a migraine.

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What you can do

Keep your caffeine habits consistent. It’s best not to get accustomed to five cups of coffee a day, because at one point in your life, you’ll probably want to cut back, or you just won’t have access to coffee, and then you could face a migraine.

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Red wine

Many studies have found that dark alcohol is a migraine trigger for a large percentage of sufferers, but really any alcohol can be a problem.

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What you can do

A lot of migraine sufferers reportedly have little to no issue with vodka. If you must drink wine, try white (like white, and not yellowish). Take an Aleve before drinking and never drink on an empty stomach.

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Irregular meals

Many migraine sufferers say that skipping meals or eating at irregular times can trigger a migraine. The jury is still out on exactly why this happens, but it could be the low blood sugar or the stress associated with being hungry.

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What you can do

Always keep quality protein sources on hand like almonds in case you can’t eat at your scheduled time. Besides that, keep to regular mealtimes.

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