Migraine headaches are extremely common and affect up to 12% of the world’s population. A migraine is a pounding headache accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound sensitivity. Migraines are often linked to changes in the weather or, even worse, there is no specific cause.
Almost all people who have migraines have a pattern of developing an attack on a monthly basis – meaning they occur on a full or new moon each month. This pattern is seen in about two-thirds of people with migraines, but it doesn’t happen to everyone who has them.
Migraines are typically defined as a throbbing or pulsing headache that is moderate to severe in intensity, and usually affects one side of the head. People who suffer from migraines may also experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound.
Everyone is different in what triggers their migraines, and I, myself, have had migraines on/off since I was 11 years old, and I’ve had times in my life when I didn’t have migraines for over five years.
Whenever I’m getting a migraine, I often get a vibrating sensation in my temples, my eyes become sore, and I begin to feel sick. There’s nothing that can stop one of my migraines in its tracks, but there are things you can do to lessen the pain and the symptoms, until you’re able to ‘ride it out’.
Migraine headache is one of the most common types of headache, affecting more than 37 million people worldwide. Particularly those who suffer from chronic migraines, will need to find a way to control their head aches, as they can often cause significant disruption in their everyday life.
It is important to note that although there are many medications and treatments available for controlling migraines, these can cause significant side effects and may not provide relief for sufferers.
Ways To Relieve Your Migraine Pain
Lying In A Dark Room
In a quiet, dark room, your body can release the chemicals needed to help your migraine pain. We all have a natural sleep cycle which takes about 90 minutes to complete. When you have a migraine, it can be difficult to fall asleep, as migraines cause one’s brain waves to become more active, which inhibits the ability to fall asleep, so even just laying in a dark room and relaxing will help, even if you can’t sleep.
A study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain investigated the effect of mindfulness meditation on migraine attacks. The study found that mindfulness meditation may help to reduce migraine pain and symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and aversion to smells.
Massaging your temples can help ease a migraine. This technique works by stimulating the pressure receptors in the head and neck while also promoting relaxation.
Applying A Cold or Hot Compress
The use of a cold compress is to reduce swelling, while a warm compress reduces muscle spasms. Which one is better for your migraine? Surprisingly, both can provide relief.
Lavender oil is a natural remedy for headaches and migraines. Studies have shown that lavender has a calming effect on the brain and helps promote relaxation. It is also known to relieve insomnia, stress, and depression.
Migraines are often debilitating and difficult to live with. It can be hard to do daily tasks, especially when a migraine strikes. It’s important to understand our triggers, and try to avoid them where possible, also ensuring we’re eating healthy, sticking to a strict sleep schedule and doing all we can to avoid unnecessary stress.