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8 Things You’re Doing That Causes Headaches

By Sydney Cook
Posted On May 23, 2016
8 Things You’re Doing That Causes Headaches


Ugh, headaches. Sometimes we wake up with a pounding skull and have no idea why. Other times the pain randomly hits us like a ton of bricks, literally. Despite how we get them, we never really know what the true causes are.

Before you pop a painkiller, we’ve rounded up eight headache causes you can try to dodge.

  1. Sensory Assault


Some things you just can’t avoid, but if you’re one to catch a whopping headache after getting a whiff of your co-worker’s overpowering perfume, you may have a fragrance allergy. Fragrances are not in this category alone. Other culprits are gasoline and tobacco. To avoid a headache, keep some lavender and peppermint essential oils on hand. Both oils have therapeutic properties that promote relaxation and provide immediate relief for the head-pounding pain.

  1. Strained Strands


How you wear your hair can take a toll on your head. That sleek pony or those Dutch braids could be the cause of your headaches. According to WebMD, a ponytail that is too tight may strain the connective tissue in the scalp, leading to a hairdo headache. Tight-fitting hats, headbands, and braids are guilty too. Let your hair down for a fast relief.

  1. Switching Up Hormones


Swapping your birth control pills can throw off your estrogen levels causing headaches. If this is a recurring problem, consult your gynecologist.

  1. Not Enough Water


Not drinking enough water can lead to a serious dehydration headache. The tissues surrounding your brain are largely made up of water. When they lose water, they shrink, and this extra pressure on your brain could cause a headache. To prevent this from happening, keep a bottle of water with you at all times.

  1. Cutting Out Caffeine


Caffeine withdrawals are real. If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, our advice is to do so gradually. Going completely cold turkey may be the cause of your random headaches. Maybe, instead of having two cups of Joe in the morning, have one.

  1. Too Much Tyramine


Tyra-what? Basically, all aged, dried, fermented, salted, smoked, or pickled foods contain tyramine, a vasoactive amino acid. Pepperoni, aged cheese, wine, nuts, and pickles are on the culprit list. When consumed, tyramine can dilate blood vessels and trigger headaches.

  1. Straining Eyes


Squinting and over working the eye muscles in an attempt to see better can cause headaches. Squinting causes tension around the eyes and forehead, which leads to those dreaded headaches. If you find yourself squinting, sprint to an eye doctor, and get yourself an up-to-date prescription with a side of eyesight.

  1. Staring at Your Computer


Working too hard and too long in front of your bright computer screen can put enormous strain on your eyes, and ultimately, your head. Give yourself breaks throughout the day, whether it’s to quickly use the restroom or to practice office yoga.