Weekends With Migraine
When you have migraine, weekends, holidays, and time off can be tricky. You finally get a chance to relax and BAM! — migraine attack hits. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as “letdown” and happens all too often. For years I simply accepted this as an inevitable part of living with migraine. If you’re like me, you may have resigned yourself to accept these attacks as a way of life, too.
Beating the odds
“Letdown” migraine isn’t guaranteed. There are strategies you can use to lower the risk of spending the weekend in bed with a migraine attack. The exact methods you use will be unique, but there are certain things to watch out for.
- Sleeping in
- Staying up late
- Indulging in alcohol
- Loud noises and bright lights from special events
- Skipping meals
Days off often call for a break in the day-to-day routine. We get out more, running from one place to the next, frequently ignoring the clock. Our meal times are irregular and the types of food we eat changes. Freed from the constraints of work obligations, we stay up late and sleep in simply because we can. All of these perks of time off are potential migraine triggers.
People who live with migraine require consistency. Our nervous systems are not equipped for sudden or dramatic changes. As difficult as it may be to accept, we must learn to keep our routines as smooth and steady as possible to prevent these “letdown” attacks. That doesn’t mean we can’t have fun or relax. We just need to remember balance. If we stay up late, then we don’t skip or delay meals. Maybe we keep snacks available in order to avoid the blood sugar dips and spikes that happen when we must delay a meal. Pushing the limits can be a formula for migraine disaster, so we must learn to calculate and mitigate the risks.
This article is part of the July 2016 Ultimate Blog Challenge