June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, which seeks to raise awareness about migraines and other types of headaches.
The primary types of headaches are:
Migraine headaches – intense throbbing pain often with visual auras, nausea or vomiting
Cluster headaches – recurring headaches that come on suddenly and last from 15 minutes to 3 hours
Exertion headaches – brought on by strenuous exercise such as weight lifting
Tension headaches – caused by stress, anxiety, or other triggers such as:
- loud noise
- lack of exercise
- poor sleep
- bad posture
- skipped meals
- eye strain
The most common type of headache experienced by students is a tension headache.
As someone who frequently suffers from headaches, here are my top ways for us students to get rid of headaches:
Acupressure – Pressure point LI-4, also called Hegu, is located between the base of your thumb and index finger. Doing acupressure on this point to relieve pain and headaches.
Salt – Sodium can get rid of your headaches, just by simply sprinkling salt onto your tongue can help.
Water – The foolproof method of getting rid of a headache caused by dehydration is by hydrating! Sixteen to 32 ounces is the average amount of water needed to feel hydrated. Begin by taking small sips, and you should begin feeling better in one to two hours.
Sleep – A small study has shown promise for sleep being a combatant against headache pain. Out of 32 participants with persistent tension-type headaches, 81 percent said going to sleep was their most effective strategy for getting rid of a headache.