7 Tips for Migraine and Headache Control This Summer

Jun 25, 2014, by Dr. Becky Coats
Headaches and migraines can quickly turn a fun activity into a summer bummer. In order to keep your enjoyment high, you should follow these tips for keeping your headaches under control.

Avoid Getting Too Much Sun

The bright light of the sun can contribute to your headache. Don’t leave home without sunglasses or a hat to shade your eyes this summer.

Be Alert to Allergies

Allergies can be another major migraine trigger. Sinus pressure can irritate various branches of the trigeminal nerve and cause a migraine. Many people experience more serious allergies in the summer in Dallas because they’re spending more time outside and doing activities that expose them to allergens, like mowing the lawn.

Stay Hydrated

There are dozens of reasons to stay properly hydrated in the heat of the summer, and headaches are not the least of them. Make sure you’re getting enough to drink, and prefer water to other beverages. Try to drink at least one glass of water between other drinks. And remember, colas and iced tea contain caffeine, and too much caffeine can act as a headache trigger.

Also be aware of your alcohol consumption. It can also dehydrate you and trigger headaches.

Watch What You Eat

Whether you’re going around to barbecues or eating at new restaurants on your road trip, you’re probably more likely to eat unfamiliar foods during the summer. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a common ingredient in barbecue sauces and spices, and it’s a known trigger for migraines and jaw pain.

Watch How You Eat

While we’re on the subject of unusual foods, when you go to gnaw on that delicious barbecue foods, it can be tempting to just open your jaw wide and bite in. But you might be opening your mouth too wide to gnaw on those beef ribs, turkey drumstick, or hamburger with all the fixings on a thick bun. This can cause some jaw pain and headaches.

Control Stress

Remember, summer’s supposed to be a fun time. Don’t plan so much or try to do so much that you end up stressing yourself out so you get headaches and can’t enjoy it. This goes for many typical summer activities, such as party planning and family trips. The more you can relax and let things go, the fewer headaches you’ll experience.

Maintain a Consistent Schedule

As tempting as it is to stay up late and sleep in late when the sun is out so long at night, disrupting your usual schedule can confuse your body and lead to headaches.

Bonus Tip: TMJ Treatment Can Reduce Headaches

You may not know it, but temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a common contributor to headaches. Studies have shown that TMJ treatment can reduce the number and severity of your headaches. If you follow the above tips and you’re still getting headaches, we can help.

For TMJ treatment in Dallas to fight your headaches, please call 817-481-6888 for an appointment today.