Migraines are a year-round issue for many of the 36 million sufferers in the United States, however, summer can be particularly troublesome due to common factors that come with the season. For instance, summer’s sudden storms can cause quick barometric pressure changes that trigger a migraine. Some research suggests that summer is the worst time of year for migraine sufferers, but it will depend on the person’s sensitivity to triggers, like storms, and such as:
The summer temps means much more sweating for some. This loss of water — and the sodium along with it — can be a migraine trigger. However, be careful to avoid overhydrating, as well, since it dilutes electrolytes which can also set off an episode. We also tend to imbibe a bit more on fruity alcoholic cocktails or thirst-quenching beers during summer festivities, which can throw off our body’s normal hydration levels.
That’s right…going on an actual vacation can trigger a migraine. Experts believe it’s from the let down of stress — it’s why there are statistically more migraines on days we are off then when we are busy and more stressed.
Long days of sunlight mean later bedtimes or changes in dinner times. These changes in our daily patterns can set off a migraine.
The neighbor’s fresh cut lawn and other blooming plant/tree pollens can trigger migraines. The heat also plays a factor for some. Bright sunlight is also an issue, so invest in a good pair of sunglasses if bright light is problematic.
To reduce the seasonal migraine triggers, where possible:
- Keep to a consistent schedule of sleep and meals.
- Keep windows closed and AC on to a comfortable temperature.
- Keep busy during vacations.
- Wear good sunglasses.
- Get enough hydration, but don’t overdo it.
Keep a migraine “tool kit” handy at all times that includes your traditional medicines and alternative no-pill options, such as Stopain Migraine, a unique, topical gel that is applied to the back of the neck and behind the ears for fast, effective and safe migraine pain relief. This way you can act fast if you feel a migraine starting, and get back quicker to your summer activities.