Get an Adequate Amount of Sleep
It’s fine for kids to stay up all night waiting for Santa. But for migraine sufferers, changes in sleep patterns brought about by holiday traveling or time off can be a major lump of coal in the stocking. Maintaining a steady sleep schedule can help reduce your chance of developing a migraine. Also resist the urge to sleep in too late as that can trigger a migraine, too.
What’s That Smell?
From the aroma of the traditional meal in the oven to the fresh pine smell of a new Christmas tree or wreath, the holidays are filled odors that immediately bring to mind memories of holidays past. But these smells can also bring on migraines for some, as certain strong may be a trigger. Before you stock up on those special candles or use that new perfume Aunt Sally gave you, first consider what odors may be triggers for you.
Choose Carefully at the Buffet
…and we don’t just mean avoiding Uncle Bob’s weird figgy pudding. Some traditional holiday foods may also pose as possible triggers for migraine sufferers. That holiday ham, for instance, may contain nitrates, which are a migraine trigger for some. Another possible trigger? Tyramine, found in aged cheeses and meats, nuts, among other things.
Decorate With Care
For some people, bright or flashing lights can worsen or even trigger migraines. If lights are a trigger for you, consider using some old-fashioned decorations this holiday season, such as strings of popcorn or glass ornaments.
See a doctor for a migraine diagnosis and migraine relief options.