NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Institutes of Health estimates that 45 million Americans suffer chronic headaches. For at least half of these headaches sufferers, the pain they experience is severe enough to be disabling. If headaches cause disruptions in your life, there are many options to find relief.
Headaches result when muscles and blood vessels outside of your skull put pressure on your nerves, sending a "pain message" to your brain.
"Every-day habits that prevent headaches include a healthy, regular sleep schedule, stress management and consistent exercise," said Peggy Fleming, Olympic figure skating champion and HealthSaver spokesperson.
To get back on track to a happy, healthy life, be proactive.
"Headaches don't have to keep you from the activities you enjoy," said Brad Eggleston, vice president of HealthSaver. Free your life of headache pain with these tips.
A Good Night's Sleep
-- Changes to your sleep schedule can cause cluster headaches, which occur without warning and are characterized by a sudden, sharp pain that can reach maximum intensity within minutes of onset.
-- Your nervous system requires sleep to function properly. A regular schedule of seven to nine hours of sleep every night will keep your body's sleep-wake cycle in order.
-- To measure the quality of your sleep, gauge your energy level throughout the day. Are you waking up refreshed? If not, headaches may result and your sleeping habits may be to blame.
-- According to the Better Sleep Council, 65 percent of Americans lose sleep because of stress, which itself is a trigger for headaches as well.
-- Muscles within the neck, shoulder and scalp tighten and contract as
a response to stress. This anxiety-induced reaction often lead
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved