Migraines and headaches, such as tension and sinus headaches, are extremely painful and can interfere with a person’s daily tasks and ability to function.
Migraine triggers vary from one person to the next – for one person certain smells, such as strong perfumes may cause their migraine to occur, while for another, certain foods or changes in the weather may trigger migraines.
*Related: Signs You’re Having a Migraine
Fortunately, there are a few natural remedies that have shown to help relieve migraine pain, some of which include inhaling lavender oil, drinking chamomile tea, and self-massages. There are also certain foods that help fight migraines – foods high in magnesium, fatty fish and flaxseeds, just to name a few.
Continue reading for surprising things that trigger migraines.
Cleaning products, strong perfumes, room fresheners and other odd or strong smells can cause migraines, especially if you are confined to them in a small space.
Studies have shown that lack of sleep can trigger migraines or cause occasional migraines to become more frequent. This type of headache is commonly known as a “tension headache.” Sleep restores and supports brain function; therefore, without it, you are likely to suffer from headaches or migraines. *See: 20 Things You Shouldn’t Do Before Bed
Drinking or eating foods that contain aspartame may trigger migraines. According to a study, aspartame increased migraine frequency in more than 50 percent of the migraine patients that partook in the study. Some products that contain aspartame include diet sodas, sweeteners, chewing gum and flavored water.
Have you ever noticed when you are feeling stressed or anxious a migraine occurs? Studies have shown that when the stress and anxious feelings fade away and you begin to feel relaxed, migraines are also likely to occur.
Drinking red wine may be the cause of your migraines. Why? It contains tyramine and sulfites, both of which have shown to result in painful migraines.
Barometric pressure and changes in the weather are common migraine triggers. Bright sunlight, extreme heat or cold, high humidity, dry air, and sun glare are all weather triggers, according to Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, you can’t change the weather and this type of migraine can’t be avoided. Try keeping track of when your migraines occur. If you notice they happen due to extreme heat, stay indoors.