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The top 7 triggers of headache

Headaches are an indication that something is hanging on the front door of your brain, but the agony is barging straight in. You could blame it on world events or something you ate or drank, and you'd be correct. Migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches can all be triggered by a variety of factors.

You might try to avoid certain triggers if you can link your headache pain to them. If that doesn't work, consult your physician. Many prescription drugs and non-drug treatments (acupuncture, meditation, biofeedback, and relaxation therapy) can help reduce headache frequency. 

Causes of headache?

Sleep deprivation

Migraines and tension headaches are linked to a lack of sleep. Getting enough sleep can help with pain alleviation. A snooze can sometimes make individuals feel better.

Consumption of alcohol

A migraine headache, sometimes known as a cluster headache, is a stabbing pain in the eye that can linger for hours, goes away temporarily, and return multiple times per day. A few ounces of red wine is all it takes for some people to get a headache, but any type of alcohol can be a trigger. It's unclear whether the condition is caused by the alcohol or by another component in the drink. 

Hormones

Women are more likely than men to suffer from migraines, which are linked to changes in estrogen levels. In younger women, menstrual cycles may be linked to migraines. During perimenopause, estrogen levels fluctuate, which can cause migraines in women who have never had them previously. Estrogen therapy has been linked to migraines. In most women, menopause appears to be the end of migraines.

Withdrawal from caffeine

If you typically consume caffeine in the form of coffee or tea, immediately ceasing to do so may cause a migraine. This could be because caffeine causes blood vessels to constrict; without caffeine, blood vessels widen and bulge out with each heartbeat, which is one of the main reasons for migraines' pounding pain.

Stress.

 Tensed muscles in the shoulders and neck can be caused by stress. This frequently results in a tension headache, which begins in the neck and back and progresses to a tight band around your skull. When tension headaches become common, the brain interprets discomfort in the shoulder and neck muscles as pain in the head. A migraine headache, which starts on one side of the head, throbs or pounds, makes you sensitive to light and sound, and can linger for hours or days, is another common trigger.

Environment.

 Cluster headaches appear to be seasonal, occurring most frequently in the spring and fall. Migraine headaches are linked to environmental elements such as bright light, smoke, humidity, strong odours, or cold weather.

Diet

Certain meals are known to cause migraine headaches. Migraines can be triggered by a single item, such as beans or nuts, or by a combination of foods, such as avocados, bananas, cheese, chocolate, citrus, herring, dairy products, and onions. Nitrates, yellow food colours, and monosodium glutamate are all hazardous in processed foods.

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