Migraines: 5 Tips to Take Control
Don't Sleep In
Too little sleep can trigger a migraine. So can too much.
"It's not necessarily that you're sleeping too much or too little," Newman says. "It's changes in sleep patterns. We want to get 7 to 8 hours every night."
You want to get those hours in the same time frame every day. And, aim to wake up and go to bed at the same times. If you usually get out of bed at 7 a.m., lounging until 10 on a Saturday could ruin your weekend. You might also end up with a caffeine-withdrawal headache when you miss your regular morning cup.
It's just as important to eat at the same time every day. When you skip meals, fast, or diet often, you can trigger headaches.
Visit the Dentist
Some headaches, including some migraines, stem from an overworked jaw. For example, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) hinges your jaw to your skull. You stress it when you grind your teeth at night, clench your jaw during the day, or chew too much gum. These migraines typically show up in the morning.
During the day, you can relieve them with jaw-stretching exercises. You can also take smaller bites, and suck on mints instead of chewing gum.
When it comes to sleep, that’s a different matter. You may need a visit to the dentist, who can fit you with a night guard.