If I were to ask you what you thought the most common reasons for headaches and migraines were, I’m sure that your answers would read something along the lines of loud noises, blows to the head and an empty stomach.
Now, while these things are all true causes of headaches in most of us, there are also other reasons for headaches that we are confronted with on a daily basis, many of which you may not know. These insidious reasons will shock you, but knowledge, as they say, is power. So learn all you can about these things that affect your head, and steer clear of them at all costs.
Your Corner Office
Having the sweet corner office may seem like a great set up, but generally this location in the office comes with an abundance of windows, along with overhead fluorescent lighting. They may appear to be great accents to your great location but they actually create glare off of the computer screen, which triggers frequent headaches. So unless you plan on wearing glasses all day inside the office, you may want to dim the lights and shut the blinds a little. Glare causes headaches because it affects the cells within the retina that interact with the pain pathways in the brain.
Overkill on the Gum
Having fresh breath is important, so chewing gum is indeed a great alternative to brushing your teeth after every meal. But, doing so on an extreme and frequent basis can hurt your head. The artificial sweetener aspartame is found in most gum and is known to trigger the throbbing associated with headaches. This is thanks to the repetitive act of chewing, as it forms muscle tension in the jaw and skull.
You’re Stress Free
It’s one of the many weird ways in which the body works, but stress actually protects against pain. Headaches actually occur far more frequently in days of lowered amounts of stress. During times of stress the hormone cortisol is released into the body, and it acts as a natural steroid that protects against pain. However, when the body finally relaxes, and cortisol subsides, pain sets in and headaches ramp up.
That Irregular Exercise Routine
Known as exercise-induced brain pain, this usually affects both sides of the head, and can be extremely painful. The sudden changes in the adrenaline during intense and prolonged exercise, doesn’t give the body time to adjust and then pain sets in. A proper stretch and warm up, as well as easing into heavy sets can reduce the chances of this happening.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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