Around 1 in 10 people get migraines, with women being more severly effected. And if you've ever had one, you know how truly horrible they can be.
But when you're hit with those awful, throbbing migraines, medication doesn't have to be your only option.
There are several truly effective strategies that have been proven to prevent or soothe those headaches so you can get on with life! So we've gathered the best for you here:
1. Have a midnight protein snack
Recent studies have found that preventing morning dips in your blood sugar can cut your risk of morning headaches in half. Eating a filling, high-protein snack before bed can stop this blood sugar dip and have dramatic effects within only one week. So get snacking!
2. Get a better pillow to stop snoring
8/10 people who snaore have been found to wake up with a bad headache. Finding a supportive pillow that combat blocked nasal passages or prop you up as you sleep can help prevent snoring, which can be a major cause of your throbbing head.
3. Drink lemongrass tea
You can make lemongrass tea by pouring boiling water over 1-3 teaspoons of fresh or dried lemongrass and leaving it to steep before draining. The lemongrass contains eugenol, which can shut off pain in a similar way to taking small doses of painkiller medications throughout the day.
4. Block pain with plants
Exposing yourself to nature regularly can be a great way to fight off the headaches. Whether it be a daily stroll in your local park, or decking your home out with some house plants, surrounding yourself with greenery has been said to cut the frequency of morning headaches by up to 32%. Fresh air is always good for you!
5. Get some vitamin D
Many new studies have found that vitamin D deficiencies can be a major cause of headaches. Getting more vitamin D by even just 15 minutes of daylight exposure per day can slash morning migraines by 80% and reduce morning headache flare-ups by about 42%.
6. Sip some chamomile before bed
Calming chamomile can help induce deeper sleep, relaxing your central nervous system and increasing your nighttime production of endorphins. This can reportedly lower you risk of morning headaches by up to 50%. We'll take any excuse for a bed time tea!