Whether you suffer from migraines due to dental force issues and TMJ/TMD or stress, triggers are inevitable. Most of know about food triggers, but have you ever stopped and thought about what triggers are lurking right in front of you at home?
Here are some expert ways to headache-proof your home.
Use dim or green lighting.
Natural light, bright light, and fluorescent and flickering bulbs can all trigger a migraine. So can the blue light from your TV or computer screen.
Living in the dark isn’t the answer — that can make it harder for you to get used to bright light again. Instead, use soft or dim lights when you can, especially when you feel an attack coming on.
You may also want to try green lightbulbs. They’re the only type of light that hasn’t been shown to make a migraine worse. They may even help once one starts.
And even indoors, sunglasses can help shield you from too much light.
Quiet Your Space
Loud noises or sounds that repeat for a long time can make you clench your teeth and bring on a migraine. But earplugs aren’t a good idea — they can make you more sensitive to sound. Use soft fabrics like rugs and drapes to help buffer noise. Plants can help with that, too.
Stay away from odors and fragrances.
Any strong smell, from perfume to paint thinner, can be a trigger. Use only unscented or fragrance-free products in your home, and don’t store any items that give off strong chemical odors. You may even want to skip cooking foods with pungent odors.
Drink water — often.
Not drinking enough water is a migraine trigger for many people. Every day, aim to drink about 2 liters (about 8 cups). Foods that have a lot of water in them, such as celery and watermelon, are good, too.
Make your bedroom sleep-friendly.
Sleep is important when you’re trying to prevent a migraine. Too much or too little time in bed can be a problem. To get the rest you need, use soft lighting and calming sounds in your bedroom, and stay on a schedule. Even on weekends, try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time.
And do your best not to take your worries to bed with you. Stress is one of the most common triggers for migraines, and it can keep you from getting quality sleep.
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