Migraines are among the most debilitating of conditions. One minute, you can be fine – the next, you have a splitting headache and you feel sick to your stomach. The only thing you can do is lie still in a darkened room with a cool wet flannel over your face.
But what causes these episodes? Are they just random outbreaks? Or is there something lying behind them?
Let’s take a look.
You’re Stressed Out Of Your Mind
Many of us become so accustomed to stress, we can scarcely imagine our lives without it. For some, being tense becomes so ingrained that if we feel relaxed, the world somehow doesn’t feel “real.”
Many researchers believe that physiological stress is one of the root causes of migraines. When we feel overwhelmed in the mind, the body follows suit and, eventually, breaks.
You’re Drinking Too Much
Alcohol can be a great way to relax and socialize. But it is also one of the main causes of migraine and cluster headaches.
Researchers still aren’t sure whether it’s the alcohol itself or byproducts of the liver that cause the problem. But people who drink more often certainly put themselves at higher risk of getting a migraine.
Your Posture Is Out Of Whack
People believe that the job of a chiropractor is to relieve back pain and “straighten out the joints.” But another of their roles is dealing with migraines. Sometimes, the posture of the body can prevent the proper flow of nerve signals and blood flow. And that can lead to recurring migraines.
Fixing your posture, therefore, is one of the best ways to prevent migraines from coming back in the future. If you sit in an office chair all day, set time aside to do stretching exercises, such as pilates, yoga and qigong.
You Are Withdrawing From Caffeine
Many working people take caffeine every day. It’s the perfect way to perk them up for their job and get them in the mood for work. Unfortunately, stopping coffee and tea intake can lead to migraine. That’s because when you stop taking caffeine on board, you stop constricting them. Now they can widen and expand with each beat of your heart, causing that throbbing sensation you sometimes get when a migraine strikes.
You’re Not Sleeping Enough
Failing to get sufficient sleep goes hand in hand with migraines and headaches. Researchers believe that this is because sleep affords pain relief. When you sleep at night, all the pain that built up during the day vanishes, making you feel happy and refreshed in the mornings. If you don’t get that, migraines can strike.
You’re Going From Bright To Dark Too Often
Researchers think that ocular migraines (where part of your vision goes temporarily blank) can come about because of shifting between bright and dark. Many workers, for instance, can get migraines if they leave a dull office and go out into bright sunlight at lunchtime. The extreme stimulus leads to changes in their blood vessels and nerves that cause pain.