According to the NHS more than 10 million people suffer from regular headaches, thus making them one of the most common health complaints here in the UK. With that in mind, today we're sharing our top five headache causes and how you can fight them!
When you're dehydrated, your brain tissue loses water, causing it to shrink and pull away from the skull, thus triggering your pain receptors which in turn gives you a headache. When it strikes, try drinking a glass of water every 15 minutes until the pain subsides.
Stress and anxiety can often trigger headaches, and once they get going they in turn cause more stress and anxiety! Whatever the cause, whether it's work related, family or money troubles, you need to make time just for yourself, and switch off. Taking the time to practise mindfulness will help. You can join a yoga class (they're cheaper than you think) or take up running or some other form of exercise. Cut down on your caffeine intake and try not to have any caffeinated drinks after 3pm.
If you're going through a really stressful period and struggling to switch off, keep a tin of Dr Bach Rescue Pastilles with you, they're small enough to fit in your bag and there for those moments when you need help to stop the repetitive thinking.
Lack of sleep has been known to trigger headaches in some people. Get yourself into a routine, and ensure your bedroom is dark and not too cold or hot. Keep mobiles, laptops and ipads away from the bedroom. Unwind with a relaxing bath and try using Rituals Dao Bed Mist, at only £16.50 it's a small price to pay for a wonderful nights sleep!
Excessive computer use can cause eye strain which in turn can result in headaches. Try regular breaks, and ensure you check text size, brightness and contrast on screens. Lubricating eye drops can help, as will washing your face with cold water, however if you do get regular headaches make sure you have an eye test.
Have you had that pain where your head feels like it has a weight on top of it? Tension headaches are caused by muscle contractions in the neck and head. Notice how you sit and stand - are you upright? Is your lower back supported? Poor posture is a well known trigger for tension headaches. Whilst there's nothing wrong with taking over the counter medications, why not try stress management classes to help you learn new ways to cope with stress? Failing that, have you tried acupuncture? It's a well known alternative therapy that may reduce tension by applying fine needles to specific areas of your body.
Let me know how you get on!