How to Reduce Headache Triggers at Home

By Annette GallagherJanuary 25, 2017September 30th, 2021No Comments

Looking for home remedies to avoid headaches? Not all home remedies for migraines are all they’re cracked up to be. Used correctly, however, many are effective. The first thing to understand is this: Every case of a chronic headache or migraine is unique!

To develop the best self-care approaches, you need to know which “triggers” cause your pain. Professional diagnosis can build on your own observations to help you manage pain better.

Effective Home Remedies for Migraines

Try these ideas to prevent migraines and accelerate recovery:

Control the Lighting in Your Home

Light can be a problem for migraine sufferers no matter whether it’s natural or artificial. Many people have found switching from fluorescent to incandescent lights helps, as they don’t flicker the same way. For external windows, use heavy drapes that can be closed to serve as blackout curtains.

Be Wary of Monitors and Flashing Lights

Flashing lights can cause seizures, but even those who aren’t prone to seizures can face intense headache pain after unexpected strobe effects. Consider turning down the backlighting on your television monitors and use software to reduce glare from computers and mobile monitors.

Take Care with Sinus Heath

For many headache sufferers, sinus problems persist all year. They may be worse during allergy season, but they never truly go away. Use air purifiers around the house to reduce particulate matter. Also make sure that the air vents throughout your home are clean so there is continuous airflow.

Create a Stress-Free Environment

Many headaches are caused by stress, and that spiral of stress starts to worsen when you feel symptoms coming on. Look for methods of physical and mental relaxation that work for you. Relaxing music, deep breathing exercises or comfortable furniture can stop the symptoms of stress-related headaches before they start.

Tamp Down the Noise

Loud noises can trigger headaches, especially when they are continuous. If you frequently hear noises from outdoors or a neighbor, start by addressing problems at the source. If this doesn’t work, you can reduce how much noise gets to you. Insulation, soundproof materials and noise-cancelling headphones can help.

By taking the right steps, you can reduce headache risk significantly. Ultimately, however, professional treatment is the surest route to long-lasting relief. At the Houston Headache Institute, we offer patients customized, effective diagnosis and treatment. Please contact us for a consultation today.