Home is the place where you can relax and be comfortable. However, if you suffer from migraines, there are triggers in your home that can cause you to have a headache or migraine. Here are four simple ways that you can turn your home into a headache and migraine free zone:
Lower the Lights- Overly bright lights at home can be a big problem if you suffer from migraines. Those who do suffer from them are often extra sensitive to sensory input, such as the glaring light from bulbs or even sunlight.
- The Fix: Choose dim incandescent bulbs (the lower the wattage, the better) over halogens and fluorescent bulbs because they emit a steadier, more muted light. Install dimmers so you can darken a room when you feel a headache coming on and hang blinds or shades to shield any streaming sunlight.
Ditch Hidden Allergens – Research shows that more than half of all homes have six or more detectable allergens inside. If you are someone who suffers from allergies, those allergens can lead to headaches too. This happens because irritants such as dust mites, inflame your nasal passages, which release a pain-signaling chemical that can trigger a headache.
- The Fix: Invest in a quality vacuum and an air purifier with HEPA filters. Regularly run a dehumidifier. Wash your bedding weekly in hot water and slip allergen blocking encasements over your bedding.
Eliminate Strong Smells – Due to inadequate ventilation sometimes, levels of about a dozen common pollutants such as formaldehyde can be two to five times higher indoors. Masking odors with scented candles and air fresheners often makes matters worse also.
- The Fix: Crack your windows regularly, choose unscented, nontoxic cleaners, and trash products that are a few years old since their containers can begin to leak and emit a stink. If there are smells you can’t control, use an air purifier with a carbon filter, which cuts down on headache-causing odors.
Control You Glowing Gadgets – The super bright screens of things such as laptops and tablets have the same hazards as bright lights. Their white glow can overstimulate the brain. Also, sitting at the counter or on the sofa hunched over your iPhone or laptop may bring on muscle-related throbbing, especially in the neck.
- The Fix: Adjust the brightness setting on your gadgets so they don’t bother you, and get a glare-reducing filter for your monitor. Settle into a seat with good back support and make sure your laptop or e-reader is at eye level.