In summer season temperatures can easily reach beyond 90s. For many, this means vacations, nighttime barbeques, long days at the pool, and family get-togethers. For those who get migraine attacks, however, it can mean day-after-day of intense migraine attacks.
According to experts, there can be many reasons why summers can be worst for attacks for some of us: summer storms, allergies, changes to our routine, stress letdown, etc. Regardless of the exact reason, however, following tips will help you stave off at least some of these summer-season migraine attacks, which means more enjoyable time for those long, lazy days of our youth.
* It’s best to change your schedule, if possible. Avoid running errands, especially the ones that involve large amount of walking, steaming parking lots, during the hottest hours of the day. It’s best to try shopping for groceries at dusk, or first thing in the early morning.
Remember: It’s not just the summer heat that may trigger summer-season migraines. Sometimes, it’s also the brightness of the summer sun. Fight back by wearing dark sunglasses and large-brimmed hat anytime you venture outdoors.
* Keep yourself hydrated at all times, and drink plenty of fluids, including juices and smoothies. Dehydration is one of the biggest migraine trigger, especially during those hot summer months.
* It’s best to give top priority to your health. Learn to say “no” to activities that might trigger a migraine attack, even if everyone else in your group or family wants to go out. This may seem like the toughest tip to follow, but can definitely yield great results. Some families, for instance, love to hike, swim, or play at the park. They would want to spend the day, every single second outside if they could. This can wreak havoc on your head. Instead of going along and suffering with an attack for days, simply tell them to enjoy their “daddy” time, and plan something else, quieter, pleasant activities with them later.
* Stay consistent with your exercise and sleep routines, but also make necessary seasonal adjustments if needed. If you feel longer days are making it difficult for you to get your kids in bed in time, try pushing your bedtime back in 20-minute increments over a course of few days. Then try to stick to your new schedule. If your workout routine involves bike ride, long walk, or run outdoors, consider using a stationary bike, moving inside to a treadmill, or start using an elliptical machine. You can also try working out in the evening or during early morning hours, when the sun isn’t so hot.
Many studies show that rise in temperature can be the biggest trigger for migraineurs. In fact, a 2011 Boston study found that 10 degrees Farenheit increase in temperature is correlated with a 6.8 percent increase in the likelihood of a migraine attack severe enough to require a visit to the emergency room. If temperature is changing, try to be extra careful with yourself. Remain hydrated, avoid other triggers wherever possible, and stay sharply focused on your health.