Approximately six million people endure at least one migraine every day. While doctors and researchers may not know the actual cause of migraines, they do know that certain people have triggers that set off the migraine. If you do not know what your migraine trigger is, it can be helpful to keep a thirty day migraine diary observing your daily routine. To get you started, here are the top five migraine triggers.
Many people have migraines triggered by the consumption of caffeine in sodas, coffee or even in chocolate for sensitive individuals. People who frequently consume caffeine may experience migraines when they go without caffeine or do not have it when they normally do. Experts recommend no more than two average sized caffeinated beverages in one day.
There are countless factors found in your everyday environment that could be triggering your migraines from the cleaning products you use to the perfume you spray on everyday before work. Changes in the weather, season or barometric pressure can also be migraine triggers.
Many food items have found to be a frequent trigger of recurring migraines such as foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, Splenda, chocolate, alcohol especially those with a high sulfate count like wine, pickled or fermented foods, ripened cheeses and meats containing nitrates such as bologna, hot dogs, deli meat, summer sausage and deli meats. A diet that contains too much white flour and white sugar may also contribute to migraines. Many people suffering from hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, report they experience migraines after a sudden drop in blood sugar. Skipped meals or not eating enough during the day are also common migraine triggers.
Too much sleep, not enough sleep or varying your normal pattern of sleep can trigger a migraine in many individuals. Going to bed at the same time every night, getting up at the same time every morning and avoiding late afternoon naps that interfere with your ability to sleep at night can help ease the susceptibility of sleep-related migraines.
Whether it is a stressful situation at work, home or financially, stress is one of the most common triggers for migraines. Stress cannot always be avoided, but training your body to react in certain ways to stress can be learned. Deep-breathing techniques can help you instantly ease tension in your body, on the spot and in ways no one else will notice, so it can even be done at the office.
While these are just five of the most common triggers, there are countless others. If you still cannot find what triggers your migraines, it can be helpful to seek out the care of a medical professional.