Headaches are one of the most common disorders around the world. In fact, 50% to 75% per cent of adults aged 18 to 65 years old have had a headache in the past year. It’s more than just a painful burden too—headaches can affect the quality of people’s lives as a whole. Thankfully, there are ways to combat headache symptoms! If you don’t have access to medication at the moment or just want something natural and easy, here’s a quick list.
1. Use a cold compress.
One study involving 28 women found that cold therapy—by way of a cold gel pack—had a significant impact on reducing migraine pain. This is because a cold or frozen compress can constrict blood vessels and decrease inflammation, according to another controlled study, which ultimately helps decrease headache pain. For relief, apply the compress to the head, temples, and nape.
2. Have some caffeine like coffee or tea.
A study suggests that caffeine may be used in the management of headaches since it can constrict blood vessels (as well as improve mood and help with alertness), which has a positive impact on relieving headache pain. In fact, another study has found that caffeine intake also increases the effectiveness of common headache medication like ibuprofen.
It’s worth noting, though, that as in all things, moderation is important: too much caffeine intake and then suddenly stopping may also cause headaches due to caffeine withdrawal.
3. Make sure to get enough sleep!
There’s a thin line between little sleep and too much of it: according to a study, people who get less sleep (less than six hours) had the tendency to get more headaches compared to their counterparts who were able to sleep longer. But then, another study discovered that too much sleep could cause headaches too! Because this is the case, balance is key: if you can, try to get seven to nine hours of sleep to enjoy the full benefits of rest.
Though headaches can be disabling, there are ways to prevent and relieve this painful disorder so you can be at your best. Don’t let it stop you from living your life!