9 Surprising headache triggers you didn’t know about

It’s not just loud music or a tight deadline or even an impending visit from your mother-in-law. With so much going on, it can be hard to avoid headaches. Headaches can be triggered by a host of reasons, some of which can truly surprise you.

We reveal 9 headache triggers below:

  1. Your Boss: Yes, your boss really can give you a headache. Anything that boosts your stress level can make you more likely to get tension headaches or migraines. Stress and headaches are interrelated. When you feel stressed out, the nerves in your brain that relay pain become much more sensitive. This, as a consequence causes that nagging headache
  2. Weather: When the weather changes, so does your chance of getting a migraine. Sunny, hot days and high humidity are major culprits. Rain, wind, or changes in barometric pressure may also lead to headaches. While you can’t change the weather, you can wear sunglasses on a bright day, stay well hydrated, and avoid midday sun
  3. Strong Scents: Powerful smells — even nice ones — can set off migraines in many people. It’s not clear why this happens, but the odours may stir up your nervous system. The most common triggers are paint, perfume, and certain types of flowers
  4. Your hair band: Tying your hair too tightly can strain the tissue in your scalp, which causes you to experience frequent headaches. Whether you braid your hair, make a ponytail, or wear a tight hat, all of them can trigger a headache. Usually, letting your hair down can sort out this problem.
  5. Exercise: Strenuous exercise, including jogging and sex, can sometimes lead to headaches.These types of headaches are most common in people who get migraines
  6. Poor Posture: Slouching at your desk can give you a headache. You can improve your posture by making changes in your workspace. Use a chair with lower-back support. Make sure your computer monitor is not too low or too high. Don’t hunch your shoulders, and never cradle the phone between your ear and shoulder
  7. Skipping Meals: If you skip a meal, your head could start to ache before you realize you’re hungry. The trouble is likely a dip in your blood sugar. Make sure you eat at the right time
  8. Smoking: Smoking can lead to a headache — and not just in the person holding the cigarette. Second-hand smoke has nicotine, which causes blood vessels in your brain to narrow
  9. Your weight: A recent study revealed that people with mild obesity, which means a body mass index (BMI) of 30, were 35% more likely to get headaches than those with a lower BMI. In fact, those who have a BMI of 40, and are quite overweight, had their chances increased up to 80%

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