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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Corbin D.C

Does the Weather Cause Headaches?

As I write this, my head is pounding, my tummy feels a little nauseated and I generally feel tired. Am I sick? No. I have a weather headache. For me quick changes in weather can trigger a migraine type of headache. It's quickly gotten warmer and it's raining. The barometric pressure has changed and it's a great opertunity to write about these weird weather headaches.


Let's delve in!


An image of a man with a weather headache on a rainy day looking out of his window

Weather-related headaches are a phenomenon that many people experience, yet not everyone understands the reasons behind them. These headaches can vary in intensity and duration and are often linked to changes in the weather. Here, we delve into why they happen, identify their common symptoms, and offer my best advice on how to alleviate them.


Why do people get weather headaches?


Weather-related headaches occur due to changes in atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity, and even windy or stormy conditions. These environmental changes can affect the pressure in your sinuses, lead to dehydration, or cause your blood vessels to expand or contract, leading to headaches.


1. Barometric Pressure: This is a leading cause of weather-related headaches. When the atmospheric pressure changes, it can cause a difference in pressure between the outside environment and the sinuses, leading to pain.


An image of a barometric gauge

2. Temperature Changes: Sudden increases or decreases in temperature can trigger headaches in some individuals. This is due to the body's reaction to heat (leading to dilation of blood vessels) or cold (leading to contraction of blood vessels).


3. Humidity: High humidity can lead to dehydration, which in turn can cause headaches. It's essential to stay hydrated, especially on hot and humid days.


4. Storms: Thunderstorms and other weather disturbances can lead to changes in barometric pressure and electromagnetic fields, which can trigger headaches in sensitive individuals.


An image of a storm in the see changing air pressure

What are the symptoms of weather headaches?


Weather-related headaches can manifest as either migraines or tension-type headaches. Symptoms can vary depending on the individual, but common signs include:


An abstract image of a migraine

- Persistent dull ache or pressure in the head.

- Sensitivity to light or sound.

- Nausea or vomiting.

- Dizziness or lightheadedness.

- Stiffness in the neck or shoulders.


What can we do about weather headaches?


While it's impossible to change the weather, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of weather-related headaches or alleviate their symptoms:


1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially during hot or humid weather, to avoid dehydration.


An image of a many by a river hydrating and drinking water

2. Monitor Weather Changes: If you know that certain weather conditions trigger your headaches, take preventative measures such as taking medication before the weather changes.


A man watching a barometric pressure gauge

3. Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule: Fluctuations in sleep patterns can exacerbate headaches, so try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.


An image of a man resting and sleeping in a comfortable bed

4. Manage Stress: Stress can worsen weather-related headaches. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.


5. Limit Exposure: If possible, stay indoors in a controlled environment when extreme weather changes are expected.


6. Consult a Healthcare Professional: If weather-related headaches are frequent and severe, it may be beneficial to speak with a healthcare provider. They can offer advice and prescribe medication to help manage the symptoms. Chiropractic is a great alternative for reducing headache. By improving the mechanics of the neck headaches can be reduced greatly.


While weather-related headaches can be disruptive and uncomfortable, understanding their causes and recognizing the symptoms can help you better manage them. By staying hydrated, being aware of weather changes, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, and managing stress, you can reduce the frequency and severity of these headaches. If you're struggling to manage your symptoms, don't hesitate to consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options.



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