Follow all these steps to stay completely headache-free.
You would never like to spend your weekend with deadly migraine. That’s just not fair. However, many migraineurs sometimes experience uptick in symptoms over the weekend when they find some time to relax and spend quality time with their family and friends. This phenomenon is sometimes called “weekend headaches”.
I’m providing you few simple tips to stay pain-free, so you can enjoy your weekend to the fullest:
Consistent sleep schedule is important
Many people stay awake late and sleep even later on weekends, but sudden changes in sleep habits may trigger weekend migraines. Though fatigue is the common trigger of such headaches, some may also find oversleeping as a trigger. If you feel your sleep schedule varies from week to week, it’s best to go to bed and wake up at the same time.
Eat normal meals as usual
Most weekend activities-from running errands to attending potlucks-can have a bit influence on your eating habits. If you feel you’re prone to weekend migraines, it’s best to eat normal food you usually eat at the times you eat them. Don’t have large gaps between your meals, stay hydrated and avoid sugary snacks or processed foods as they can quickly trigger migraines.
Drink responsibly on your Friday night even if you’re not driving. Excess alcohol in your system can trigger migraine. Some alcohol varieties have chemicals that may affect body’s blood vessels. So if you experience frequent weekend headaches, try to stay away from the booze.
Fight every bit of stress even before it starts
You already know that stress may trigger migraine attacks in some people, but some people may experience migraine even when their stress passes. That means it’s important for you not only to fight stress you already face but will have to continuously keep new stresses at bay. Take adequate sleep, exercise, and also much needed “me” time will help.
Wear only high quality sunglasses
High quality sunglasses have properties that block UV rays and diminish the sun glare.
Avoid hot shower
Hot shower is not a good idea because hot water quickly zaps most of the moisture from your skin.
Sometimes dehydration (not drinking sufficient water) can trigger migraine attacks. Therefore, stay hydrated and drink at least 10 glasses of fluids in a day. Staying at home or lounging around on your weekends is no excuse to neglect your health.
Reduce caffeine intake
Usually on regular days, you may get caffeine fix by 6 am, conditioning body to expect this boost each day at that time. But if you’re still in your bed even at 9 am on a Saturday, it’s surely well past your regular caffeine time. This may push your body to withdrawal mode, triggering a migraine attack.
Have your breakfast on time
If you wake up late just in time for your lunch, you’re inviting a migraine attack! If you don’t eat anything for that long, it will cause hypolycaemia, a possible trigger for migraine. You can easily avoid these painful episodes by taking your breakfast and meals on time, even on weekends.
Stay away from the computer
Don’t sit before computer for hours on a weekend. Blame it on constant glare or flickering screen, staring into monitor for hours will induce migraine episodes.
Journal all your symptoms
Maintain a migraine diary as it will help you identify triggers that are specifically related to weekend activities
Some herbal touch will improve sleep quality
Apply some nutmeg paste on your forehead before going to bed as this improves sleep quality.