There are few health issues as irritating as constant headaches. You’re left with a continual pain that gnaws away at you for hours on end. It ruins your productivity and can impact your social life. All you want to do is hide away in a dark room with something covering your eyes. Many things can cause headaches, which means there are plenty of things to do to try and solve this issue. Here are four things to try if you keep getting headaches, none of which include taking pain medication.
1. Drink more water
The next time you have a headache, drink a few glasses of water. A lot of headaches are caused by dehydration, which restricts blood flow to your brain.
Rehydrate yourself, and the pain should ease fairly quickly. If you also feel light-headed and lethargic, this is a good indication that it’s a dehydration headache.
2. Keep getting headaches? Sleep can help
Similarly, if you’re very tired and your head is pounding, it might be down to a lack of sleep. An easy way to know if this is true is to think about how well you slept last night.
Where you up for ages? Did you wake up a lot in the night? How many hours did you get overall?
I have an entire article dedicated to supercharging your sleep, so check that out to ensure you get enough z’s every night. Even a quick nap in the afternoon can help relieve a tiredness-induced headache.
3. Get your eyes tested
A lot of the time, headaches stem from poor eyesight. When your vision starts to deteriorate, it puts extra strain on the eyes.
That’s because the eyes have to work harder to help you see as much as possible. Not to mention the fact you might get double or blurred vision, both of which can cause dizziness and headaches.
So, see an optometrist and get your eyes tested. If you have vision issues, you’ll likely be prescribed lenses for glasses. As soon as you put them on, you’ll get instant relief from those nagging headaches.
4. Take a break from screens
On a related note, staring at screens can also cause headaches via eye strain. You may have perfect vision, but looking at a screen can strain your eyes and put extra pressure on them.
In turn, this creates persistent headaches. These are most notable due to the fact they seem to exist behind your eyes.
You feel like you need to rub the very backs of your eyes to gain any sort of relief. As such, give yourself a break from screen-time.
Lie down and close your eyes or cover them with an eye mask. This lets them relax and recover from the extra straining.
You could also wear light-blocking glasses that protect your eyes while you stare at screens. This is ideal if your job requires a lot of computer time for hours on end.
Final words if you keep getting headaches
Try any of these four things if you keep getting headaches every day. You should be able to determine which remedy is most likely relevant for your headaches. If one doesn’t work, try the others until you find relief. If there is none, you should see a doctor as your issue might be more serious that first thought.
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Great article! I can definitely relate to this. If I don’t get enough sleep or drink enough water I will suffer.
I read an article a long time ago that said if you feel thirsty then you are already dehydrated… It really made me rethink how much water I drink!
Yes that is definitely a fact. It takes time for you to realize what your body is in need of. That’s why I tell my clients to drink at least half their body weight everyday. As soon as you get wake up you should have 32 ounces of water because you are completely dehydrated from your 8 hours of sleep.
So true! No wonder I reach for water as soon as I wake up. Thanks sweets for such a useful comment here!
Beautiful tips Christy… and if I could offer another. To lie quietly, relax and focus on the headache, the pain. Allow yourself to totally immerse in the pain, becoming the pain! AND then imagine the love you are nurses you, the pain.
When we don’t try and escape and be the pain, magic can truly happen as love is always the answer. During this time being the pain, you may realise or recognise something. Allow these haha moments to come up, it’s all part of releasing things that no longer serve. Much love to you x
Oh wow, what a great way of looking at it, Barbara! Thank you for sharing that. Love to you too!
The main remedy is giving up caffeine in the form of tea and coffee. My husband had a constant headache until he gave up caffeine and started to drink herbal teas instead. He had the mother of all withdrawal headaches for about 6 weeks, and then … no more headaches! Other culprits are cheese and chocolate.
Oh wow. I topped up my green tea selection earlier today at the store. Thanks for sharing what helped your husband. That’s great that you were able to pinpoint what was causing it and make the changes. Although I’m sure he misses coffee!
He did at first, but that was a long time ago and he’s never touched it since.
Good to know!
Allergy in spring causes blocked noses and the headache can occur, but this happens to me🤗
Ohhhh, I’m sorry you suffer from that. My husband has bad allergies too.
Checked all your points, but life is turning into one long headache anyway…
Oh my gosh, I know… What is happening in the world.. the news and article headlines continue to shock me…
Taking ibuprofen is very effective against headaches as well, if you have migraines Imitrex may work better ;)
xx I hope you have a headache-free weekend ahead, Debby!
I probably spend the day in complaining of a headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it :) Wishing for you the most remarkable weekend!
Haha, I’m all about the red wine myself. It can do wonders for a headache. Thanks for the kind words, and talk again soon, Debby!