Cramming. Pulling an all-nighter to cram for that big biology exam is practically a right of passage for co-eds. But for some migraine sufferers, changes in sleep patterns can be a migraine trigger. Thinking you’ll catch up on sleep over the weekend? Sleeping in just on the weekends may trigger a “weekend headache” in some (sorry to break it to you!) Managing your study time and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can help prevent migraines.
Overworking. Students are faced with busy course loads and extracurricular schedules. Staying occupied and active is important, but pushing yourself too hard at the gym or during an intramural soccer game, or getting dehydrated while working a show backstage could trigger a migraine. It’s not a bad idea to have a water bottle on you — and try not to overdo it.
Socializing. It’s part of the college experience, but crowded rooms packed with people who may be emitting strong perfume or cigarette smoke odors, as well as flashing strobe lights, could trigger migraines for some (or they can simply make a migraine worse).
Stressing Out. With academics, extracurriculars and social commitments all very much in the picture, it might be easy to get overwhelmed and overstressed, and stress can trigger migraines. Take some time to build relaxation into your sked for a little relaxation – maybe try a yoga class or do a deep breathing exercise or meditation to help relieve stress throughout your daily activities.
Learning what your own personal migraine triggers are and how to best avoid them can make hanging out with friends a lot more fun. Consider starting a migraine diary.
Your first year of college can be an exciting and empowering time – not a time to be in pain. Good luck, students!
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