Update on Migraine
What Are Your Biggest Migraine Triggers? How Do You Avoid Them?
What Are Some Other Common Migraine Triggers?
“There have been more than 50 migraine triggers that have been identified so far,” says Nauman Tariq, MBBS, a neurologist and the director of the Headache Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “Some of the common ones include stress, wine, skipping meals, sudden exposure to bright sunlight, and foods with preservatives like nitrates.”
It’s thought that migraines stem from the hypothalamus, a small region in the middle of the brain that’s responsible for regulating appetite, sleep, body temperature, and more. “A dysfunction in this part of the brain has a big role in the onset of migraines — that’s why we think hunger and a lack of sleep are triggers,” Dr. Tariq explains.
If you haven’t been able to identify your migraine triggers, recording your diet, lifestyle habits (like sleep schedule, water intake, alcohol consumption), and stress levels can help you spot possible culprits.
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