15 Helpful Ways to Combat Headaches

Headaches are very common. So it’s not too surprising that headaches are commonly misunderstood and sometimes confused with well-intentioned second (and third) hand opinions and suggestions. Some work. Some don’t. Here at Healthversed, we will help sort out what are the best ways to combat those annoying headaches. As a word of caution, these remedies can cause side effects or aggravate allergies.

1. Over-the-counter painkillers

Since most painkillers take about 1-2 hours to take effect, take one as soon as you feel the headache coming on. The earlier the treatment, the better your recovery will be. Even if you’re already in severe pain, some medication can subdue the pain.

Be careful though! Everyday use of over-the-counter medications can lead to Medication Overuse Syndrome. This happens when a person takes medication they don’t need because they’re afraid of experiencing future headaches. In actuality, this dependency causes recurrent headaches known as “rebound headaches.”

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Johan Larson / Shutterstock

2. Sleep

Sometimes, a nap or a good night’s sleep is all you need to get past a headache. While sleep can help in curing a headache, complications to your sleeping can have the adverse effect.

Problems sleeping can cause headaches in a few different ways. Sleep deprivation can trigger tension headaches or migraines. Sleep apnea can lead to morning headaches due to decreased oxygen levels. Everyone has occasional sleepless nights, but make sure to see a doctor if you suffer from chronic sleep problems.

Limiting “screen time” before bed, avoid using your bed for work, limiting late day caffeine consumption, dimming your lights, and allowing time to “wind down” before going to bed are some ways to keep sleep problems from leading to headaches.

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Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock

3. Drink more water

According to research studies, our inability to drink the daily recommended amount of water along with our over-dependency on caffeine and other stimulants likely causes headaches.

Coffee, alcohol, and sugary drinks can dehydrate the body. In fact, one of the symptoms of dehydration is a headache! Drinking too much alcohol or exercising in the heat without drinking enough fluids are common causes of headaches from dehydration.

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