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How To Soothe A Migraine
Health 26.12.19 

How to Soothe A Migraine

How to Soothe A Migraine

What is a Migraine and How to Soothe a Migraine?

A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on 1 side of the head.  Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound.  Migraines are a common health condition and affect 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood. Although there is not a cure for migraines, you can continue reading this article to find out the best ways to soothe a migraine.

How to Soothe a Migraine

Find a calm environment

  • At the first sign of a migraine, the best thing to do is stop what you are doing and going to rest.
  • Turn off the lights. Migraines often increase sensitivity to light and sound. Relax in a dark, quiet room.
  • Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles. Warm showers or baths can have a similar effect.
  • Drink a caffeinated beverage. In small amounts, caffeine alone can relieve migraine pain in the early stages or enhance the pain-reducing effects of acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) and aspirin. However, you should be careful not to drink too much caffeine!

How to Prevent Migraines

Sleep well

Migrainesare often triggered by a poor night’s sleep and are also known to prevent people from sleeping. You may want to try the following tips to improve your sleep routine:

  • Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day — even on weekends. This will give you a regular sleep routine and make it easier for you to fall asleep at night.
  • Making sure that you relax can promote better sleep, you may want to do this by: listening to soothing music, soaking in a warm bath or reading a favourite book.
  • But watch what you eat and drink before bedtime. Drinking too much caffeine can interfere with sleep!
  • Try not to look at any screens before going to sleep. Digital screens emit blue light which causes issues when you sleep.

Stay Fit and Eat Healthily

Your migraines may be triggered by various food that you are eating and your eating habits.  In addition, regular exercise is known to prevent migraines. Our tips are:

  • Don’t skip meals. Fasting increases the risk of migraines.
  • Keep track of the foods you eat and when you experience migraines. This may help identify potential food triggers.  Some known food triggers that cause migraines are chocolate, cheese and coffee (all of the good things!).
  • Regularly exercises

Until recently, avoiding migraine triggers was considered the best advice. But new research suggests this may actually increase sensitivity to potential triggers. Although there is not a medicinal cure to stop and prevent migraines, we hope that these tips have given you some ideas to help soothe your migraines and keep future migraines at bay!

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