Why You Might Be Experiencing a Headache and What You Can Do About It

Over a million of us suffer from headaches that can potentially become debilitating. Some researchers claim that the primary cause of headaches includes hyper-activity of pain-sensitive structures in your head.

Although that may be true, according to Harvard Medical School, there are over 100 different types of headaches that are caused by lesser-known and even stranger factors.

For those who experience headaches on a consistent basis, knowing the most common contributing factors of a headache could serve as a solution to helping you relieve this nuisance. 

5 Reasons You Might Be Experiencing Headaches

In honor of National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, here are some weird reasons you should be aware of that could be causing you to experience headaches:

1. Headaches from Sleeping Too Much

As surprising as this may seem, you can actually get a headache from indulging in too much sleep. Although we would like to catch up on our much-needed sleep during the weekends, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Too much sleep alters the levels of neurotransmitters in our brain, which can bring the onset of headaches.

Solution: Try keeping a consistent sleep schedule throughout the week and refrain from taking long naps during the day.

2. Slouching and Poor Posture

Having poor posture while slouching at your desk can lead to uncomfortable knots in your neck muscles, which can release chemicals that make your nerves more sensitive, causing tight pain on both sides of your head.

Solution: Try your best not to cross your feet while you are sitting  Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your lower and mid-back or use back support.

3. Just from Being a Woman

Yes, headaches do have a preference when it comes to gender and they happen to prefer women. About 60 percent of women suffer from headaches with 10 percent experiencing headaches during their period. This is because of the change in hormonal levels during a woman’s period, where estrogen levels typically dip.

Solution: Try eating more foods that can raise your estrogen levels during your period, including foods like flaxseeds, dried fruit, legumes, soy products, and olives.

4. Not Drinking Enough Water (Dehydration)

Our bodies are comprised of almost 75 percent water, when we don’t drink enough water, our blood vessels start to narrow and our bodies lose a substantial amount of water that’s needed to properly function.

Solution: In order to avoid dehydration, try to consume moderate amounts of water a day. Men should drink 13 cups of water a day while women should consume 9 cups.

5. Exertion Headaches

Have you ever noticed how you have a headache after you’ve worked out? Well, that’s known as an exertion headache. If you are experiencing headaches after strenuous activity, it’s usually due to an increase in blood pressure in the blood vessels of the brain.

Solution: Look for an alternative form of exercise or continue your regular workout regimen at a slower pace.

When to Seek Professional Help

If your headache persists for more than 48 hours, then it’s recommended you see your primary care physician. They will refer you to a headache specialist that will perform a physical exam and a headache evaluation to determine the diagnosis and help you decide on a proper treatment program.

Although some doctors will prescribe medication to treat headaches, keep in mind that there are plenty of natural remedies and healthy alternatives to help relieve this hindering ailment. Make sure you do your research and speak to your doctor before you try any natural remedies or at-home treatments.

Quick FAQs

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