People who suffer with migraines often report an increase in chronic headaches in summertime. While there is no definite answer as to why, health experts predict it may be down to the change in heat, bright sunshine, allergies or stress. Additionally, dehydration is a major trigger for migraines so this is more prone to occur during the summer. You don’t want a migraine to ruin your summer holiday, family BBQ or time off work with the kids. Read these top tips for beating summer migraines and reducing the triggers.
Up your water intake
Everybody should be drinking more water when it’s hot, but especially anyone who is prone to migraines. Remember that if you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated so it’s really important to make it routine to drink glass after glass. Always keep a large bottle of water in your bag and in your car.
Stay out of the sun
Bright lights can also be a trigger for migraines, so long sunny days aren’t a great idea. Try to avoid the midday sun if possible. If you are out for the day, never forget your sunglasses and cover up with a sun hat too.
Alcohol dehydrates the body, which means it can cause headaches even in non-migraine sufferers. If you want to enjoy the summer without migraines, it’s probably best to avoid alcoholic drinks altogether.
Get plenty of sleep
Keeping a sleeping pattern is really important to prevent oncoming migraines. In the heat this can be difficult, especially if you have holidays and trips planned too. Try to have as little disruption as possible to your sleeping pattern, or you could spend the majority of your summer holiday inside.
Again this can be difficult in the hot temperatures, but exercise is a great way to destress and prevent headaches. People who go to the gym are less likely to get tension headaches than people who are not active. Just half an hour of sweating a day will keep you fit and play a part in beating the summer migraine.
If you suffer regularly with headaches or migraines, you should consult your GP. Book an online consultation to fit around your lifestyle with Babylon Health.