Headaches are miserable. A mild headache you can probably live with, but when the pain is really bad, there is nothing for it but to lie down in a dark room and try to sleep. We all suffer from headaches from time to time. Having a few too many drinks on a Friday night is a common cause of painful headaches, as is stress and hormones. Occasionally, a really bad headache is a symptom of a more serious problem, in which case you should probably seek emergency medical care. Most of the time, however, headaches can easily be dealt with at home. To help you cope with your next headache, here are some tips to ease the pain.
1. Lie Down in a Dark Room
For a really bad headache such as a migraine, the best treatment is to lie down in a dark, cool room. You will probably find that bright lights and loud noises make the pain worse, so unplug the telephone, switch your cell phone off, and retire for a couple of hours. If you can sleep, it should soothe the pain.
Headaches are often caused by tension and stress. A massage can help relax tight muscles and ease a headache. Ask your partner to massage your neck and shoulders, as your headache may be caused by referred pain from this area. It’s also helpful to gently massage the temples.
3. Take a Walk
You probably don’t feel like doing any exercise, but a gentle walk in the fresh air might do you the world of good. Exercise releases endorphins, nature’s happy hormones, which are great for helping headaches.
4. Ice Pack
Place an ice pack across your forehead and lie down for half an hour. The cold of an ice pack helps to reduce inflammation, which eases the headache. Some people find relief from placing an ice pack across the top of their head, or around their neck.
5. Warm Compress
A warm compress can help if your headache is caused by tension. Soak a flannel or towel in hot water and place it around your neck. Once it cools down, heat it back up in the microwave.
6. Strong Coffee and Painkillers
Caffeine is a common trigger for migraines, but once you have a bad headache, you can use caffeine to boost the effectiveness of your over-the-counter painkillers. Take a dose of painkillers and drink a cup of strong espresso. This should help ease the pain hammering inside your skull.
7. Hot Aromatherapy Bath
Lavender essential oil is a well-known remedy for headaches. Try adding a few drops of lavender oil to a hot bath and have a soak for half an hour. The combination of lavender oil and hot water should dull the pain and alleviate any underlying tension.
8. Have Sex
“Not tonight, Darling, I have a headache…” is a well-worn excuse, but evidence suggests that an orgasm is an excellent cure for a headache. Orgasms flood the brain with endorphins and make us feel amazing, so the next time you have a headache, give sex a try.
Do you have any other tips for headache relief? If so, let us know in the comments!