Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints; most people experience them at some point in their life. They can affect anyone regardless of age, race, and gender.
Headaches cause discomfort and in some people, it’s become a constant feeling which is not healthy.
It can come nudging, throbbing or persistent and so on but in whichever case, it’s a sign something isn’t right and adequate rest is needed.
There are many causes of headaches and some of them are:
Bright lights from Computer/Laptop screen
This is one of the commonest reasons a working class person has a headache. Most people spend a lot of time working on the computer or using their phones which have bright light and triggers a headache.
The eyes are first affected by the lights and gradually circulates to nagging headaches.
The best way to avoid it is to reduce the brightness or use screen guard or medicated glasses to dim the view.
Insomnia/Lack or not enough sleep
When one lacks sleep and works actively over a long period of time, the person is likely to develop a headache.
Anyone who works actively during the day should sleep at least an average of 5-6 hours at night to help the body refresh and restore.
Irregular sleep patterns may trigger headaches in some and changes in sleep patterns may trigger migraines in some.
The link between headaches and sleep has been known for decades, but what isn’t clear is whether headaches cause disrupted sleep or whether headaches are a result of irregular sleep patterns.
But the opposite is also true. Too much sleep can trigger headaches as well – particularly migraines and tension-type headaches
Stress doesn’t have an internationally approved definition, but most people know what it is and have experienced it. There is no specific definition of stress because it is a very personal phenomenon. Different things cause stress in different people and each individual reacts in a unique way to stress. Stress is the body’s reaction to an event or situation.
Daily hustle and fast-paced living are the major causes of constant throbbing headache.
You have to learn to slow down and relax giving the body time to restore itself before ‘starting all over again’.
One theory is that stress leads to the release of protein particles called peptides that makes blood vessels expand and become inflamed. This begins a series of events which cause nerve cells to become over-stimulated leading to the pain and other symptoms of a migraine. Researchers have also found altered levels of stress hormones in migraine sufferers, which may be responsible for triggering migraines.