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Summer headaches

Monday, July 28th, 2008

All of us get a headache once in a while, but some of us are plagued with migraines.  There are a variety of things that can kick off a migraine.  In the summer, high heat and humidity, quick changes in barometric pressure from summer storms can be triggers for me.  As can be chocolate (that’s not fair!), caffeine (like the iced coffee I drank over the weekend), alcohol, etc. I have learned to try to stay away from these things or run the risk of a headbanger (the iced coffee was so good, though!) 

Some women often have tension headaches, which cause squeezing pain or a dull ache on both sides of the head or the back of the neck.  These can be caused by stress, fatigue, caffeine withdrawal – especially if you usually drink a lot of coffee or caffeinated drinks and suddenly stop or cut down – lack of sleep, dehydration (lack of fluids), and hunger or low blood sugar.

Here are a couple of tips for finding relief: To soothe a headache in the sinus area, apply warm compresses to the front and sides of your face and around your nose, eyes and temples. To relieve a tension headache, apply a cold compress to the back of your neck.
 
Relaxation exercises, which may consist of deep breathing or simply closing your eyes and imagining a peaceful scene, may also help. Resting in a dark, quiet room can soothe headaches.  If it’s a really hot day or there is a storm brewing, I try to stay indoors in an air conditioned space.  

Getting enough sleep and exercise can also be helpful. And eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day can help keep your blood sugar from getting too low.  Drinking lots of water will keep you well hydrated, too.