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If You Suffer From Migraines, Avoid These Common Triggers

If you suffer from regular migraines, you know the throbbing pain they cause can be debilitating. Additional side effects that result from migraines, like nausea, light and sound sensitivity, and vomiting, make it difficult to go about your daily routine.

Our team of doctors at Alate Health in Houston, TX, specializes in providing pain relief to migraine sufferers. If you struggle with chronic migraines, avoiding habits and activities that trigger migraines can help minimize your attacks.

Keep reading to learn from Dr. Andrew Doe and Dr. Kamal Khalil about some of the most common triggers of migraines and what you can do to steer clear of them.


Experiencing a period of stress is one of the top migraine triggers. Furthermore, if you experience chronic migraines, worrying about when the next migraine will be can add to your stress levels.

To minimize stress, learn what in your life causes you to feel stress, and eliminate any of factors within your control. You can also learn and practice strategies to manage stress, such as relaxation techniques, getting regular exercise, and meditation.

Changes in sleep patterns

Any form of irregular sleep has the potential to cause migraines. This can include insomnia, oversleeping, and experiencing jet lag.

Prevent migraines by making and keeping a regular sleep and bedtime routine. Go to bed at around the same time every night, and combine eliminating electronics with relaxation techniques to help get yourself to sleep. Try to sleep eight hours every night.

Light and other environmental stimuli

Natural bright sunlight, as well as artificial fluorescent or other bright lights, trigger migraines in many people. Strong smells, such as perfume and cologne, smoke, and paint thinner, are also common migraine culprits.

Minimize the effects of bright light by wearing sunglasses and, when indoors, moving away from flickering bulbs and closer to a source of natural light. Make your home, and if possible, your work environment, fragrance and smoke free.

Trigger foods

Some foods, including cheese and other dairy products, heavily salty and processed foods, and chocolate, have been linked to migraines, as has fasting and other changes to your typical diet. Eliminate foods that cause migraines from your diet as much as possible, and establish a regular eating routine.

Certain beverages and dehydration

Alcohol, particularly wine, and caffeine trigger migraines in some individuals. Dehydration carries various health risks, one of which is migraines.

When alcohol or caffeine trigger your migraines, limit or avoid them in your diet, and know your limits when you do drink them. To prevent dehydration, carry a water bottle as you go about your daily routine, and aim to drink two liters of water every day.

If eliminating these common triggers doesn’t work, our team at Alate Health offers additional support. One highly effective solution we use is the SphenoCath® SPG blocking procedure, a cutting edge device that produces migraine relief within six weeks.

Our results-driven, caring team is committed to helping you find a solution that manages pain from your migraines once and for all. Alate Health serves patients in the greater Houston, Texas, area.

Make an appointment with our doctors by calling our practice at (713) 587-6458. 

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