Simple Ways To Avoid Headaches: Teeth Clenching, Caffeine, And More

If you can find the cause of your headaches you might be able to prevent them from happening.

A headache can render you helpless in a matter of moments. Sometimes the pain is just so intense that you want to close your eyes and wish it away. Remedies such as Advil, Tylenol, or aspirin might work but they take a long time to kick in and their effectiveness isn't guaranteed. If you could prevent your headaches from happening in the first place you wouldn't have to suffer from that horrible pain or the wasted time and trouble it takes to try and get rid of it. If you don't know what causes your headaches then you might have to try a few of the following things before you find something that works.

Often headaches are caused by sinus pain. Your sinuses are located all throughout your facial area and your forehead. A sinus headache can feel as though the headache is in your eye or almost on the surface of your forehead. Staying hydrated can prevent sinus headaches. Many sinus headaches are caused when you don't drink enough water and your sinuses can't make the necessary fluids it needs to evacuate mucus. Sinuses become inflamed and you get a headache. Drinking plenty of water and making sure the humidity in your home is not too low will help prevent sinus headaches.

Caffeine is the culprit in many cases of migraine and cluster headaches. Though it may be difficult to give up your daily coffee or tea you might be able to prevent unnecessary pain. You might have noticed that caffeine is a key ingredient in many pain medications. What causes your headache is not the caffeine itself but the lack of it. You can get a headache as a result of caffeine withdrawal. It might take awhile to get your body used to not having caffeine and you might suffer from increased headaches while you wean yourself off. Once your body has broken its caffeine addiction you will be able to tell if caffeine has been the cause of your headaches.

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can sometimes be the cause of headaches. If you have bruxism then you clench your jaws tightly and grind your teeth while you are asleep. You might notice jaw pain, flattened teeth, and neck pain in addition to headaches. Your dentist should be able to tell you if you grind your teeth just by looking at them. Bruxism is treated easily by wearing a plastic mouth guard at night when you sleep. If bruxism is causing your headaches you should see improvement after using the mouth guard.

Dental problems can also be a cause of headaches. If you have a tooth that is decayed or a wisdom tooth that needs to be pulled you might get a headache from time to time. Keeping on top of your dental health is a good idea whether you have headaches or not.

One common cause of headaches is eyestrain. You might not even realize that you are suffering from eyestrain because the pain is coming from your head and not your eyes. The muscles in your head and around your eyes are strained when you struggle to see clearly or spend excessive amounts of time at stressful activities such as reading or working at the computer. It might be that you only need a pair of reading glasses to eliminate your headaches. Make an appointment with your eye doctor for a check-up to see if eyestrain is your problem.

Items that are too tight on your head can often cause headaches. Hair ties, barrettes, sunglasses and hats can all cause headaches. If you are wearing one of these items when you get a headache try removing it and see if your condition improves.

Stress is a major cause of tension type headaches. Unfortunately there isn't much anyone can do to relieve stress for you. Try meditation, yoga, and exercise to alleviate tension and try to avoid as much stress as possible.

Migraine headaches can be triggered by a variety of foods and smells. If you suffer from migraines you might have to experiment to find out if any of these things trigger your headaches. Common migraine triggers include chocolate, cheese, wine, and hot or cold beverages. Keep a headache notebook and write down what you were doing during and just before you got a headache. Keep track of what kinds of food you eat on a daily basis and compare them with your headache record.

Other things that can't hurt and might help a headache include plenty of fresh air, lots of exercise, and adequate sleep. Keep in touch with your doctor so that he can help you solve the riddle of your headaches.

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