Most of the time, headaches happen for obvious reasons like stress or being around loud noises, but what about those headaches that seem to sneak up on you out of nowhere? Well, here’s a few reasons for those mystery headaches and what you can do about them.
1. Jumping straight into your workout: Warming up before your workout doesn’t just help to protect your muscles, it also gives your brain an opportunity to adjust to rising adrenaline levels. Avoid headaches by taking a short five or 10 minutes to stretch or walk before doing more intense exercise.
2. You have the day off: Who doesn’t love sleeping in late on a Saturday or having a three-day weekend? It feels good, but the change in routine could cause headaches. This is especially common if your body is accustomed to getting a caffeine jolt every morning and you disturb that groove. Even on your down time, try to keep your sleep schedule as close to normal to feel more rested and in your right mind.
3. Your weight: Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that obese people experience frequent headaches nearly two times more than adults at a healthy weight. Shed the excess pounds with changes in diet and exercise.
4. Chewing gum: The repetitive motion of chewing could cause a headache, but more surprisingly, a key ingredient could be the cause of a sudden headache: aspartame. This artificial sweetener is found in many popular brands of sugar-free gum and has been linked to numerous serious health issues. Replace your gum with mints (be sure to check the labels for aspartame).
5. Your job: If you spend the bulk of your day in front of a computer screen under fluorescent lights (or sunlight if you’re lucky enough to have a coveted window seat), the glare bouncing off your computer screen affects certain cells in your eyes and can frequently trigger headaches. Give your eyes a rest by taking frequent breaks and covering your computer screen with an anti-glare shield.
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