Common Causes of Headaches

If you suffer from the nuisance of headaches, you’re not alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least half of the United States population experiences at least one headache a year

At Grand Island Chiropractic Center, we’re well-experienced in diagnosing and treating headaches. Timothy Dunugan, DC, and Brian Dunugan, DC, know that headaches have many causes. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide to the most common causes of headaches.

1. Lack of sleep 

Whether it’s a sign of insomnia or a side effect of stress, you may not be getting a full eight hours of sleep every night. And, sleep deprivation can lead to headaches. Research indicates that this is because sleep deprivation increases the proteins responsible for inducing chronic pain in our bodies, and that poor sleep hygiene leads to tension headaches and migraines. 

2. Poor diet 

Your brain needs a steady supply of glucose from your blood to function properly. Sometimes when your glucose levels drop, your brain is one of the first organs affected, and you start to experience symptoms like headaches and migraines, dizziness, and confusion.

For best results, follow a proper diet, don’t skip any meals, and have a healthy snack whenever you feel faint or hungry. 

3. Caffeine withdrawal

Caffeine is a pretty addictive substance. It narrows your blood vessels, reducing blood flow to your brain. When you’re used to drinking caffeine and you quit for a little bit, your blood vessels open again and the blood flow to your brain suddenly increases. This can result in withdrawal symptoms like migraines.

4. Medication 

There are many medications that cause headaches as a side effect, even some over-the-counter pain medications. This can include drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, sleeping pills, and narcotics like codeine. Here’s a list of medications that can cause headaches. 

If you’re a woman, your birth control medication can also trigger headaches, because it impacts your estrogen levels. 

5. Mental health

Sometimes extreme stress, anxiety, and depression result in headaches. This is because your mental state can oftentimes have an impact on your physical health. Anxiety and stress in particular are known to have anxiety headaches and tension headaches as symptoms. 

6. Strong odors

Sometimes you can have an increased sensitivity to certain smells, artificial fragrances, and chemical cleaners. You may also become sensitive to these things if you have allergies. If you have a sensitivity to certain odors and chemicals, in addition to headaches, you may experience symptoms like watery eyes and sneezing.

To learn more about what is causing your headaches and how to best treat them, call our Grand Island, Nebraska, office or book an appointment online today. 

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