WEBMD SURVEY: “TOUGHING OUT YOUR HEADACHES?” DOCS DON’T SUGGEST IT
More key findings on treating headaches from a recent survey of WebMD users..
Not only should you treat your headaches, but treat early: about 8 out of 10 physicians suggest it.
It’s important to treat early because there is support for the idea that medications work better when taken at the first sign of a headache, especially in the case of migraines.
Another effect of not treating headaches? Missing out.
Almost two out of three headache sufferers will restrict their activities when experiencing a headache, according to the survey of WebMD users. Considering that one out of every three respondents in the survey said they suffer from headaches weekly, that’s a lot of beach trips, sessions at the gym and important work meetings missed. By learning more about your head pain, possible triggers and treatment, you can begin to manage your headaches — and get back to all those things you’ve been missing. (One place to start learning more about your pain? A headache diary.)
The importance of sleep.
In the survey, about seven out of 10 sufferers reported mild to moderate headaches were triggered by lack of sleep, and more than nine out of 10 consumers said they believed rest helps relieve their headaches. Worried you’re not getting enough shut-eye? Try these tips for getting more sleep, and learn more about what “good sleep” (also called sleep hygiene) actually means.
Disclosure: These survey findings were made possible by WebMD. Respondents of the survey were US residents 18 or older whom experienced a headache within the past 12 months, and medical professionals including US Personal Care Physicians, Pharmacists and Neurologists.