Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Headache

Get Email Updates

Related Checklists

Headache Guide

Alison Beaver

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

Headaches? Avoid These 5 Common Triggers

By Dr. Carrie Jones Expert HERWriter
 
Rate This
Headaches? Avoid These 5 Common Triggers 0 5
Headache related image
B-D-S/PhotoSpin

Whether the pain in your head was due to stress, sinus pressure, tight muscles, or migraines, chances are you have had at least one headache in your lifetime. And that's enough to make you want to avoid the triggers at all costs.

Some people experience chronic headaches requiring medication while others only get them from time to time and can get away with minimal treatment. Whatever type you suffer from, here are five common triggers you should be aware of.

1) Changes in weather

Many people who get headaches and migraines can predict the weather before a trained weatherperson can. A drastic change from a high to a low front (and vice versa) or a sunny day to a cloudy/rainy day (again, or vice versa) can be a huge pain.

Once the weather is more stable, such as consistent sunny days or consistent rainy days, the headaches typically abate. Keep an eye on the 7-day forecast and look for a pattern in your headaches that tees up with weather patterns. This allows you to be proactive.

2) Blood sugar crashes

Skipping breakfast, having a late lunch, forgetting your afternoon snack, and eating high sugar/simple carbohydrate meals can all lead to blood sugar imbalance. Such an imbalance can manifest as hunger, irritability, shakiness, fatigue and of course, headaches. Pack snacks or protein bars to have with you in case of emergency.

3) Dehydration

Not drinking enough water can play a huge role in the development of a headache or migraine. Remember to drink water throughout the day especially if you are a big coffee, soda and caffeine drinker. These liquids can be dehydrating and can also trigger head pain in some people. Of course withdrawal headaches are common if you quit completely.

Also be aware that some people are sensitive to artificial sweeteners therefore diet sodas and other such drinks may worsen headaches.

4) Poor sleep

Proper sleep helps everything in the human body.

Add a CommentComments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one and get the conversation started!

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Improved

1709 Health

Changed

643 Lives

Saved

497 Lives
4 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

What do you do when you get a headache?:
View Results