Do Away with the Headache of Headaches

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 in Health & Wellness

 

There’s nothing as painful as a headache when you have one – you feel like ripping your head off your shoulders and throwing it far away from you. You hurt each time you so much as move your head even fractionally. It’s worse when you’re beset by headaches on a regular basis – they affect your ability to function normally and ruin your schedules at work and at home. If you’re prone to severe headaches, get yourself tested at once, and if your doctor clears you of any medical problem, here’s what you need to do to get rid of these pesky pains once and for all. To keep a headache at bay, you need to:

 

·        Get enough beauty sleep: Establishing a good sleep routine helps in ensuring that you get enough rest each night. Sleep at the same time and get up at the same time everyday, don’t sleep for more than 8 hours a day, and avoid caffeine, food or heavy exercising close to bed time. You can relax before you sleep by listening to music or reading. Sleep with the lights off and in comfortable clothing to enjoy a night of undisturbed sleep.

·        Eliminate tension from your day: Tension is one of the main reasons why people get headaches. It’s hard to avoid stress in your day to day life – the trick is to remember to not let if affect you. If the car in front of you stops suddenly and you’re forced to drive off the road, don’t raise your blood pressure by indulging in a shouting match with the other driver. It’s not going to solve the problem and only adds to the tension you’re already feeling. Remain calm and sort out the matter amicably.

·        Get adequate exercise: A regular exercise routine for at least 30 minutes a day promotes blood circulation in all parts of your and keeps you healthy.

·        Drink adequate amounts of water: Dehydration can cause headaches, as does hunger. So eat regular meals on time and make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. If you sweat a lot or work out, you may need more, so drink up according to your body’s needs.

·        Go easy on the alcohol and cigarettes: In fact, it’s best to cut them entirely out of your life, at least the cigarettes. Long term usage of both has been known to cause chronic headaches. Most alcoholic drinks have been found to contain an amino acid called tyramine which has been associated with the onset of headaches.

 

It’s best to use natural remedies and preventive methods to treat headaches and keep them away rather than resorting to analgesics and pain killers that are available over-the-counter.  

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This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of a college for licensed practical nurse She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com