Headaches are an extremely common problem. While some milder headaches may just be a one-off and pass without causing too much disruption, some more serious headaches may require more attention. Similarly, frequent headaches can have a hindering effect on a sufferer’s quality of life, and could be being caused by something we’re doing, or failing to do, on a regular basis.
Here are some tips on how to help you shift your headache, and how to make recurrences less frequent and less likely:
Headaches can often come about as a result of dehydration. Ensure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. On average, 1.2 litres (or 6-8 glasses) per day is the ideal amount recommended by many healthcare experts.
Take a Pain Relief Medication If Suitable
Non-prescription medicines, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, can help to relieve pain related to mild headaches. But read the safety information beforehand to ensure they are suitable for you to take, and carefully follow the instructions provided.
Give Yourself a Break at Work
Stress and eye-strain can contribute and in many cases be the cause of headaches, so if you think you might be suffering because you’re working too hard at your job, try to relax your schedule if possible, or give yourself a rest. If you spend most of your day in front of a computer, try to give your eyes a regular break for at least 10 minutes out of every hour.
Lots of people across the world have experinced a more productive day after regularly taking breaks. Although you will be spending more time away from the desk, you will however be more productive.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Tiredness can be an aggravating factor when it comes to headaches, so ensure you’re comfortable at night and getting enough sleep. Make sure your pillows are the right size and are comfortable, and that your mattress isn’t irritating your posture.
Get an Eye Test
Eye strain can often creep up on us, and be the cause of recurring headaches in some cases. Eye tests are essential in determining whether our eyes need help in performing certain everyday tasks, such as reading, typing or looking at screens. Those suffering from persistent mild headaches should consider having their eyes tested to see if they need prescription lenses.
Many people are not aware of the fact that wearing contact lenses may also lead to a person having a headache. If you noticed headaches after being prescribed contact lenses, then remove them and see your optitian as you may have the wrong prescription or contact lenses may not be for you unfortunately.
And If Your Headache Persists…
Book an appointment with your GP. They may be able to identify the source of the problem and determine what sort of treatment you require. For severe migraines, prescription treatments are available to help. While a very strong pain reliever such as tramadol may not be suitable for migraines, a doctor may be able to prescribe a migraine-specific pain reliever, such as Relpax, to help you.
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