Eliminating home headache triggers is a perfect way to reduce migraine and other headaches. Let’s have a close look on how you can make your home a headache-free zone.
If you love headache-free life, the best way to go is to start searching for solutions right within your house. Most headaches and migraines start at home.
National Headache Foundation carried out a survey in 2009, where it was found that around half of all those who suffered headache blamed it on triggers like computers, bright lights, and loud noise.
“You will be surprised to find that common headache triggers emanate in the home,” Says Deb Mays, MD, a neurologist with specialization in headaches at the Cleveland Clinic. Bright lighting, home odors, and even loud noise are big migraine and headache triggers,” adds Dr. Deb.”By making your house a headache-free zone, you may not be able to eliminate all types of headaches, but this approach certainly helps.”
Tips to Overcome your Headache Triggers
Loud Noise Relief
Noise is both a trigger and a worsening factor for headaches. Make your home a headache-free zone by reducing all indoor noise and keeping out outdoor noise. Heavy drapes can help insulate your house from noise. If it’s not possible for you to avoid noise, you can invest in good headphones or earplugs. Other noise tips include:
- Turn down your television. If other family members want a loud TV, you can use earphones or suggest they switch to amplifying earphones themselves
- Avoid music with heavy, loud beat, and instead play soothing sounds
- Have a quiet room in your home that you can easily escape to, free of fury and sound.
Bright Light Relief
Some types of light-overhead fluorescent lighting, bright sunlight, and some types of flickering lights are common migraine triggers. Common sources of flickering light are your TV and computer screen.
Some tips to ensure headache-free lighting at your home:
- Arrange furniture in your house in such a way that you’re not sitting directly in bright light
- Dim bright outside light by using drapes on your windows
- Install dimmers for your overhead lights
- Change all harsh light bulbs to much softer lightening
- Use drapes over your windows to dim bright outside light.
- Step away from your television or computer screen frequently (after every 15-20 minutes)
Perfume and Other Odor Relief
Try to keep out cigarette smoke out of your home. Headaches can also be triggered by carpeting, flooring and fabric cleaning products, and even the deodorizers you normally use to control odors. Scented candles and perfumes are common triggers. Most people easily figure out if odor is a trigger for their headaches.
In a May 2017 study from Brazil, which surveyed 1467 men with migraine found that odors were a trigger for 46 percent of them, second only to stress. Among this test group, 78 percent said that odors made their migraines worse, second only to light. It was also found that bigger odor offenders here were perfume, cigarettes, and cleaning products.
Odor tips to ensure a headache-free home:
- Use fragrance-free or natural cleaning products
- Try to make your home a fragrance free zone by removing offenders like cologne, scented candles, flowers, lotions, perfumes, and air fresheners
- Leave your house for 5-10 days if you’re having new carpeting or flooring put in
- Run a nice air filter in your home
Mold and dust are main indoor allergens that can trigger a headache. If you’re allergic to either one, an allergy-free house may be the ticket to a completely headache-free home. Follow mold and dust tips such as:
- Enclose your pillows and mattress in plastic cases
- Try to reduce humidity in your house with a good dehumidifier
- Wash all bedding once in a week in a hot water
- Clean up damp areas around rains and sinks
- Vacuum twice a week with a filtered vacuum cleaner
A final tip is to simplify environment in your home. Reduce stress by reducing clutter and getting your home organized. Today’s hustle and bustle has many hidden headache triggers, making it all the more important to make your sweet home a good headache-free refuge.