Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Your Risk of Migraines

Learn how simple lifestyle changes can reduce the length, severity, and number of migraine attacks.

A migraine headache is not your average headache. It can last anywhere from 4-72 hours and can be disabling. Most people who get migraines experience them about twice a month, but some face them every other day, or even daily.

A migraine is a neurological disease that affects 1 billion people worldwide. Symptoms include throbbing pain on one or both sides of your head. Migraines are also often accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, smell, and touch.

The vast majority of those with migraines cannot function normally during an attack. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraine occurrences. Lifestyle changes that can help migraine sufferers include:

Better sleep

Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, even on the weekends, can help you sleep better and also ensures you get adequate sleep. Too much or too little or erratic sleep patterns can trigger migraines. 

More exercise

While strenuous exercise can be a trigger for migraines for some people, moderate regular exercise can help lessen the length and severity of migraines. Walking and other gentle exercises can also help reduce stress, which is another known migraine trigger.

Regular meals

A drop in blood sugar can set off a migraine. In order to keep your blood sugar at a regular, healthy level, it’s important to not go too long without eating and drinking. Try to eat at every mealtime. Dehydration can also lead to a migraine, so be sure to also drink up at every meal, as well as in between meals. 

Less stress

Stress is bad for your health all around, so it’s best to limit and manage it for many reasons — but especially if you get migraines. Tension and stress can trigger or exacerbate migraine symptoms. As mentioned above, regular exercise can help relieve stress, as can getting enough sleep and eating healthily. Other stress management techniques include regular massages, meditation, and yoga.

Trigger avoidance

A migraine trigger is anything that sets off a migraine attack. Different people have different triggers. Some common triggers, aside from the ones mentioned above, include extreme or sudden changes in temperature, strong smells, bright or flickering lights, and hormonal changes in women. 

Migraine treatment options

Following the lifestyle recommendations above and avoiding your triggers are the first steps in managing migraines. At Space City Pain Specialists, we also offer Botox® treatments to reduce migraine attacks and symptoms.

Botox injections, which are usually thought of as a cosmetic treatment, immobilize your muscles so they can’t contract and form wrinkles or lines. As a migraine treatment, one of our pain specialists injects Botox into the nerve fibers associated with your headaches. This immobilizes your nerve fibers so they can’t deliver pain signals to your brain.

If you suffer from migraines, call Space City Pain Specialists or book an appointment online.

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