Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Easy Tips to Prevent Headaches:

Now whatever is the cause or nature of your headache, most headaches are preventable.

Follow the tips given below and you will be amazed to find that the prevention is actually in your hands.

Tips to Prevent Headaches:

Do not read when you are lying down. The lying down posture is clearly not the best position to read. It is a very common thing for a person to flop down on the bed with a book and read it while lying down. In fact, many people make it a habit to read for a few minutes before going to sleep.

2. While reading, do not hold the book too close to your eyes. This is some thing that happens when you lie down to read. The book tends to move closer to your eyes than intended. Your eye muscles have to strain a lot in order to focus on nearer objects. The book should ideally be at the level of your chest.

Do not hold it too far away either. Holding the book too far away is just as bad as holding the book too close.

3. Eat plenty of carrots; they are good for your eyes. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is the vitamin required for proper eye sight.

4. If you feel that your eyes are under strain, take a break. The best relaxation for your eyes is staring at a distant object or just keeping them closed. Your eyes will give you signs when they are under strain. You will find that you are getting tired sooner, your eyes may start to water or you might notice that you have to squint your eyes in order to get a better view.

5. Try to blink deliberately while working on the computer. When you work on the computer there is an increased tendency to stare unblinkingly at the monitor. This especially true if you are playing an exciting game. In such cases you should make a conscious effort to blink your eyes.

If you do not blink your eyes, they will become dry, they will hurt and this will ultimately precipitate as a headache. It is when you blink that your eyelids wash your eyeballs with the tear secretions. Your eyeballs must be moist always so remember to blink your eyes even if you are deeply engrossed in something interesting.

6. Breathing exercises help you breathe better and release the toxins in your brain. The human body takes in a lot of toxic substances, both through the air and through food and drink. Apart from this, various toxins are also released in the body as a result of the various processes that are going on. These toxins have to be released on a continuous basis or else they will accumulate in the body with serious results.

One of the best ways of releasing these toxins is by means of exhaling while breathing. One funny fact is that most of do not breathe properly. With each breath that we take, we take in oxygen. This oxygen is carried by the blood to every cell of the body and every cell must indeed get enough oxygen not just to survive but to remain healthy as well. So it is imperative that we make an honest attempt to breathe properly. But first of course we have to make sure that we are breathing in unpolluted air. The time best for breathing exercises is early in the morning when the air is comparatively unpolluted.

7. Try to get a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep is very important to keep away headaches.

"Sleep is one of the most basic and universal activities in which we all engage. Yet, getting to sleep, staying asleep, and waking refreshed can be highly elusive to most of us some of the time, and many of us all of the time.”

8. Do not oversleep. Oversleeping is just as bad as not getting enough sleep. If you sleep too much or for too long you will wake up with a very woozy feeling and that will most likely turn into a headache. Our body tells us when it has had enough sleep. Listen to the cue and get up, do not succumb to the temptation to just lay in bed.

9. Each time you get a headache do not reach for your aspirin. Some headaches go by themselves. Do not make you body dependent on aspirin.

Try massaging your temples. Massaging your temples gently stimulates the circulation of blood and relaxes the muscles of the forehead and temples. This itself soothes a person and provide relief from a headache.

10. Too much noise is bad for you. In fact sound pollution is one of the causes for headaches to become so prevalent.Contrary to popular belief, sound pollution is not cause just by machines and automobiles, but apart from that blaring music too does a lot of harm.

11. Stay away from sedatives. Sedatives are not a solution to your sleep problems. Many of them are addictive and their medicine will eventually stop working for you.

Sedatives also affect the time that you wake up. You might get a good night’s sleep when you take sedatives, but the chances are rare that you will wake up refreshed.

12. Try steam inhalation. This is especially true for those who have a sinus problem. Steam inhalation is an excellent way of clearing all the spaces inside. If you have an infection too, a steam inhalation can be very soothing.

But there is a word of caution that I have to offer here. Be very careful about you eyes. Remember that it is not advisable to expose your eyes to steam and so take care to protect your eyes when you are inhaling steam.

13. Eye exercises are good for you and they can help in preventing headaches too. Below you can find tips on how to exercise your eyes.

1. Stare straight ahead of you preferably at a distant object.

2. Close your eyes and let any glimmers of light fade away.

3. Now open your eyes and move your eye balls to the extreme top of your eye

sockets and keep them there for a few seconds.

4. Now move them down to the extreme bottom and keep them there for a few


5. Next, move them to the extreme left.

6. Then bring them to the extreme right.

7. Finally bring them towards your nose.

8. Repeat this exercise three or four times a day.

14. This is a very simple step: Breathe plenty of fresh air.

15. Avoid irritating people. Anger and irritation are major causes of headaches.

16. Stretch your self every now and then. Never let cramps set in. If you feel that you have been in a position for too long, get and stretch yourself. Rub your hands and feet and the muscles of your neck to boost up the circulation.

17. Take a 20 minute power nap during your lunch break. You will wake up refreshed.

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