Migraines may occur at any time – even during a vacation. To better understand why this may be the case, let’s consider how a vacation works.
A vacation usually enables a person to visit a fun destination of his or her choice. Yet determining where to go on vacation and how to reach this destination may be stressful. A person’s stress levels may rise once he or she reaches a vacation destination, too. And as a person tries to figure out where to go and what to do during a vacation, stress may lead to migraine headaches.
Additionally, recent research shows that migraines sometimes occur due to a reduction in stress levels. This research indicates that a person who is vacationing at a beach, spa resort or any other relaxing destination may be susceptible to a migraine headache.
For those who want to enjoy stress- and headache-free vacations, there are lots of ways to minimize the risk of vacation migraines. Now, let’s take a look at five tips to help alleviate vacation migraines.
Plan Ahead As Much As Possible
A vacation plan may help you ease the stress commonly associated with traveling. Before you embark on your vacation, get organized. Pick up travel supplies, pack your luggage and give yourself plenty of time to reach your vacation destination.
Get Plenty of Rest
Traveling may be exhausting, and a lack of sleep may increase your susceptibility to migraine headaches. Therefore, you should try to get sufficient sleep the night before you depart for your vacation. You should also stick to your regular sleep routine and get seven to nine hours of sleep per night throughout your vacation.
Dehydration may cause mild headaches or severe migraines. If you travel to a warm-weather vacation destination or hike, ski or perform other rigorous vacation activities, drink plenty of water. If necessary, carry a water bottle and refill it frequently so you can stay hydrated.
Watch Your Diet
If you know chocolate, cheese and other foods trigger your migraine symptoms, you should avoid these foods during your vacation. Additionally, try to maintain a regular eating schedule throughout your vacation, as extended periods without eating may cause headaches or migraines.
Establish Realistic Vacation Expectations
Although you may want to do everything possible to make the most of your vacation, resist the temptation to do too much. Remember, consuming excess amounts of sweets or alcohol during a vacation may cause migraines. Too much activity may also increase your risk of migraine headaches.
If a person experiences a vacation migraine, consulting with a doctor is paramount. That way, a doctor can evaluate this individual, learn about his or her migraine symptoms and determine the best way to treat these symptoms.
Of course, if a person has already received a chronic migraine diagnosis and finds that his or her migraine medications are ineffective or cause intolerable side effects, additional assistance may be needed. In this case, a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute is ideal.
Dr. Cabin is a board-certified head and neck surgeon and has dual-subspecialty training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He uses his unique expertise to help patients address the underlying causes of migraine symptoms. Dr. Cabin performs an in-depth evaluation to understand a patient’s migraine triggers. He then offers a personalized migraine treatment recommendation.
In certain instances, Dr. Cabin recommends Botox to treat migraine symptoms. Comparatively, Dr. Cabin sometimes recommends minimally invasive migraine surgery to permanently remove faulty nerve signals in the brain that cause migraines.
Chronic migraine sufferers who are worried about vacation migraine headaches can meet with Dr. Cabin to discuss their concerns and questions. To set up a consultation with Dr. Cabin, please contact us today at 310.461.0303.