The sudden pain of a migraine usually means lying in bed in a dark room with a cold towel over your head. If this happens more often than not, it’s important to determine the cause of your migraines so you can learn to avoid the triggers. If you’re not sure what triggers your migraines, it might be helpful to explore some of the most common causes of migraines.

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1. Stress

In 70% of people with migraines, stress was the trigger. There was also a study that showed a correlation between daily stress level and migraine occurrence. To prevent stress migraines from occurring, make sure to practice daily relaxation methods and ways to cope with stress healthily. This might include meditation, yoga, or some form of exercise. Learning to manage stress can prevent stress migraines.

2. Hormones

Compared to men, women have a 3 times higher chance of experiencing a migraine. Nearly 75% of women also experience migraines during a certain time of their menstrual period due to the changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. Certain birth controls can also cause migraines from unbalancing the hormones. On the flip side, birth control might relieve migraines by balancing the hormones. Working with a gynecologist can help you find the right method to cope with hormone migraines.

3. Caffeine and Alcohol

It’s common for caffeine or alcohol to also cause migraines. On the flip side, consuming a small portion of caffeine might also help relieve caffeine symptoms. For best results, avoid drinking alcohol or drinking caffeine daily. If you skip your morning cup of joe, it can easily trigger a migraine.

4. Changes in Sleep Schedule

Sleep is responsible for renewing and repairing your body, including the brain. If your sleep schedule is irregular or you get too much or too little sleep, it can trigger a migraine. Try sticking to a consistent sleep schedule every day, including weekends to remedy this. If the problem doesn’t resolve, or you feel like you’re not sleeping well, it’s possible a sleep disorder is to blame. Talk to our sleep dentist about sleep apnea to get tested.

5. Smell

Certain scents or odors activate specific nerve receptors in the nose that might trigger migraines or make one worse. To avoid migraines caused by smells, avoid perfume, cologne, candles, incents, air fresheners, strong-smelling foods, gasoline, or chemical smells.

6. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

The last most common cause of frequent migraines is a temporomandibular joint disorder. Nearly 40% of those with TMJ also suffer from migraines. Usually, the cause of TMJ headaches is related to overstressed or overactive jaw muscles. With TMJ treatment, the muscles can finally relax and stop triggering migraines.

If you’re not sure what the cause of your frequent migraines is, consider visiting Bite Align for a TMJ consultation. If she discovers you have TMJ, she will create a personalized treatment plan to help you find relief from your frequent migraines and any other symptoms you experience. Please contact our dental office for headache treatment in Fort Atkinson by calling (920) 563-7323 or requesting an appointment online.