How to Prevent Weekend Headaches From Ruining Your Time Off
Follow these steps to stay headache-free.
There’s never a good time to have a migraine. But the weekend? That’s just not fair. However, many headache and migraine sufferers experience an uptick in symptoms over the weekend. The phenomenon has even been given a nickname: “weekend headaches.”
Here are some tips to help you stay head pain–free, so you can enjoy your weekend to the fullest:
Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule. Weekends are prime time for staying up late and sleeping in even later, but changes in your sleep habits may increase your risk of weekend migraines. While fatigue is a common trigger of migraine headaches, some people also find that oversleeping may act as a trigger. If your sleep schedule tends to vary from week to weekend, try going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.
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