Hunger headaches: They often strike just before meals or when you haven’t had enough to eat. But while hunger has been identified as a potential headache trigger for some frequent headache sufferers, the question is: Why?
The answer, it turns out, is complicated. More than one kind of headache can be triggered by hunger (including both tension headaches and migraines), and more research is needed. But here are two important things to consider:
Blood Sugar Levels. Most people associate blood sugar levels with diabetes or hypoglycemia. But a symptom of low blood sugar can be a headache, even for people who don’t suffer from these conditions.
How does low blood sugar happen? One cause is skipping meals. You know how it goes: You’re late for work, so you skip breakfast. But when you skip meals, no sugar gets in your blood, and so your blood sugar can drop. And if your blood sugar is low? You can get a headache. So it’s important to eat regular meals.