Do you know that the effects of migraine headaches can actually linger for several days? During this period, the migraineurs may experience symptoms such as mild head pain, fatigue and mentally drained. It usually takes some time to start feeling physically and emotionally better after a migraine attack. Medication can only be one part of the migraine cure as well as treating a migraine headache.
For the best migraine relief, it is therefore very important to give yourself ample time to properly recover in a comfortable and healthy environment after an attack.
The following is a list of tips that you can follow to ensure a quick recovery of your migraine headaches:
Migraineurs are usually very sensitive to bright light and the most common space they use for recovery is their bedrooms.
If your bedroom gets lots of sunlight, then it may impair your recovery. Try finding ways to block out light effectively and temporarily. Installing blackout shades or curtain liners are should help – and they can be good noise insulators too.
You can also install a dimmer switch if you feel more comfortable in low ambient light. Apart from reducing the amount of light, you should also keep your bedroom quiet. Try switching off the ringer on your phone.
If you are staying in a high-traffic area, consider using white-noise machines to block out the unwanted sound.
If a migraine strikes in the workplace, and it is not possible to call sick, then you might want to consider other options that can increase your comfort level. If possible, turn off any overhead fluorescent lighting or wear sunglasses. This may seem a little awkward but they can really help to relief the migraine. Let your colleagues know that you are suffering from an attack.
Try to rest in an office lounge or any other place that is quiet until your pain relievers start to take effect. If this is not possible, then try to rest at the back of your car with an eye mask.
To speed up your recovery, it is important that you rest in a comfortable temperature and humidity level. Try to standby an extra dehumidifier, fan or air filtration unit in the closet. Depending on where you live in, weather patterns and air quality may impair your recovery.
Sleep and more sleep. The healing powers of sleep have amazing effects in speeding up the recovery of migraine headaches. Several studies have found out that those who slept during a migraine attack were able to recover more quickly than those who did not.
Getting regular and ample amounts of sleep can also be an excellent preventive measure for migraine headaches. A study by a University of North Carolina has found out that having sufficient sleep will reduce the frequency of migraines by 29 percent with the intensity reduced by 40 percent.
Control Your Stress Level
As difficult as it may seem, it is very important to keep your stress levels down in order to speed up your migraine recovery. Stress is a known trigger for migraine attacks and can also make an active attack worse. Try to take occasional breaks from work and spend time with the family. Go for a short holiday trip or do whatever that can make you happy.
Find Things To Make Yourself Comfortable
Some of the migraineurs may experience an increased sensitivity to touch. Try wearing clothes that can make you feel comfortable – a nice set of pajamas works great. Use soft blankets and sheets with high thread count on your bed.
There are also other nonpharmaceutical pain relieving techniques such as cool compresses, massages and relaxation techniques. It is very common that migraine patients tend to apply manual pressure to the pain points on the head in order to alleviate the pain.