Mitigating Migraines at Work

Migraines are severe headaches that can cause intense throbbing or pulsing, nausea, and heightened sensitivity to light and sound. A migraine episode can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days, and—depending on severity—can interfere with the affected individual’s ability to participate in their daily routine or workplace responsibilities.

According to recent data from the World Health Organization, migraines are one of the most prevalent medical conditions in the world. What’s worse, migraines are often underdiagnosed and go without proper treatment. Nevertheless, you can limit your likelihood of suffering from a migraine by minimising common workplace triggers.

Here’s what you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing a migraine on the job:

  • Sip smart—Dehydration can often lead to migraines. As such, it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day and limit your intake of caffeinated beverages
  • Eat healthy—In addition to staying hydrated, it’s vital to eat a balanced diet to help strengthen your body’s ability to fight off migraines. Specifically, try to steer clear of foods with excess sugar or salt.
  • Prioritise ergonomics—Be sure to arrange your workstation in a way that promotes proper ergonomics. Even minor changes—such as adjusting the lighting or setting up your computer screen at an appropriate level—can make your workspace more comfortable and reduce migraine triggers.
  • Keep a steady sleep schedule—Being overly fatigued can also contribute to migraines. Make sure you are getting enough rest outside of work—aim for between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.

If migraines become a frequent disruption within your workday, be sure to inform your supervisor and consult your GP for treatment options.

 

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