Chapter 6, Episode 1: Lifestyle Changes for Migraine

This content has been medically reviewed by Dr. Alexander Mauskop

Managing migraine disease often involves treatments consisting of medications, supplements and/or devices. However, adopting healthy habits related to things like sleep, diet, hydration, exercise, posture and stress management can also help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. We’ll discuss five lifestyle changes that are helpful for migraine management.

Establishing a consistent sleep routine involves going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day. The recommended amount of sleep per night ranges from 7 to 9 hours, depending on the age of the individual. To improve sleep quality, lower the temperature in the bedroom and minimize exposure to artificial lights from devices like a cell phone or television before bed. Instead, journaling or reading may promote better sleep.

Maintain a balanced diet by regularly eating healthy meals and avoiding processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and fried foods. Adequate hydration is also important. Drink water throughout the day and consume foods with high water content. Limit caffeine and avoid sugary drinks.

Engaging in regular movement, activity, or exercise may reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Aim for 30-60 minutes of activity 3-5 times per week.

Stress reduction is crucial for migraine management. Regularly practice stress management techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, meditation, biofeedback, exercise or yoga. 

Although incorporating lifestyle changes may feel overwhelming at first, it can lead to better migraine management and overall improved well-being.

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