3 Tips to Manage Your Migraines
Anyone who has ever suffered with migraines knows they are more than just headaches. They are a medical condition with pain that can derail your entire day. While nothing can completely cure migraines, there are things you can do to help prevent them from happening, at least as often. Here are a few simple things you can do to encourage the pain to stay away.
Eat at the same time every day
Don’t give your migraines a chance to sneak up on you. Make sure you keep your blood sugar level by maintaining a consistent eating schedule—and sticking to it. Skipping meals or eating much later than usual can cause major dips in your blood sugar, setting up the perfect conditions in your body to trigger a migraine. To keep up the consistency, try eating several small meals throughout the day instead of three large ones, or at least make sure to build in regular snack times between meals. Research has shown that foods high in magnesium, including things like spinach, olive oil, or sunflower seeds, could really help prevent or ease an impending migraine, so keep healthy snacks like that nearby.
Drinking water is one of the easiest things you can do for your health. To reap maximum benefits, make sure to drink water consistently throughout the day, and aim for 8 to 10 cups. Liquid from fruits and veggies also counts! Even water in coffee or low-fat milk in lattes will contribute to your tally. The most recent research debunks the myth that caffeine causes dehydration.
Sleep on a schedule
The trick with handling migraines revolves around staying in optimal health, and getting regular sleep is an important part of this. Your body learns to rely on a consistent sleep routine, so you can get thrown off with changes in your shut-eye patterns. Most people need between 7-9 hours per day, with outliers in either direction. Once you figure out your ideal number, make a plan for sleep and wake time to reach it each and every day, not just during the week. Yes, sleeping in on the weekends can mess with your body clock, so try to keep to the same schedule all week.
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