For people who suffer from migraines, figuring out what may trigger a headache may be an important step to managing and preventing pain. Here are five that may come as a surprise to you.
1. Sleeping In
While getting more rest would seem like a good thing, changes in sleep patterns could provoke a migraine. Sleeping in may cause what’s known to many as the “weekend headache.”
Any kind of intense physical exercise may be a potential migraine trigger, and unfortunately, sex is no exception. It’s common enough that the phenomenon has even been given a catchy nickname: Sex headaches.
3. Cheese And Wine
Both aged cheese and red wine contain a compound called tyramine, which may be a migraine trigger for some people. Soy products, fava beans, hard sausages and smoked fish also contain tyramine.
Some people have adverse reactions to certain sounds, sights and smells — especially strong perfume and other strong odors, which can be difficult to avoid in social situations. Perfumes can also trigger migraines.
5. Weather And Barometric Pressure Changes
Bright sunlight, high humidity, hot temperatures and barometric pressure changes may be potential migraine triggers in some people.