Can Simple Lifestyle Changes Prevent Migraines?

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Prescription medicines can have side effects that are not desirable and may even prove ineffective for some people. Many migraine sufferers are disillusioned with traditional medications and are seeking natural remedies to reduce their migraine frequency and relieve them. Migraines can have a severe impact on a sufferer’s lifestyle. An attack can make it difficult to attend work or social events, which can impact their well-being.

Lifestyle Changes

Simple lifestyle changes can help reduce migraine attacks and the severity of migraine pain. Our lives are becoming more sedentary. Including exercise into your daily routine will help improve your overall health and reduce your migraines.

Exercise can reduce stress levels that can trigger migraine attacks and release endorphins, which work as natural pain relief. You should be aware that some people can get migraines from excessive or high-impact exercise. If this is you, then try gentler, less intense exercises. At least 30 minutes of exercise five times per week is a good goal. Exercise with a friend or family member will make it more enjoyable and motivate you to keep it up.

Proper Rest

You can get migraines from too much or too little sleep. It is worth trying to figure out what amount you need. Once you know how many hours you need each day, you can stick to that amount. You should go to bed and rise at the same time every day. It is tempting to sleep in on weekends to make up for late mornings during the week. Over-sleeping can trigger migraines so it is best to avoid this.

Try gentle exercise or a warm bath before you go to bed if you have trouble falling asleep. Don’t drink tea or coffee more than three hours before you go to sleep. Talk to your doctor if you experience insomnia.


Migraine sufferers who are under a lot stress are more likely to have a migraine attack. If you can identify the source of stress, cut it out of life or take steps to reduce it. Stress relief can be incorporated into your daily schedule if it is not possible to avoid. You can do gentle exercise, massage, relaxation techniques like yoga, and get enough sleep.

Avoid skipping meals if you suffer from migraine. This can cause a drop in blood sugar which can trigger a headache and then quickly turn into a migraine. To maintain blood sugar levels, you should eat a small meal approximately every four to five hours. Avoid processed and fatty foods and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Drinking water throughout the day can cause headaches. If it is hot or you exercise, you will need to drink more. These simple lifestyle changes will help you to reduce the severity and frequency of migraines. These lifestyle changes must be applied consistently, otherwise you could lose all the benefits.