8. Your Chair
The average chair is made for a 5’8″ man. If that doesn’t describe you, your chair may be too big for you, causing tension in your upper back, shoulders, and neck that can work its way up, triggering a headache. If you spend eight hours a day in an office chair, make sure it’s not working against you—add lower back support if you need it so that your entire back is against the back of the chair, and adjust the height so that your knees are level with or slightly lower than your hips.
Although regular cardio exercise is good for pain, improving blood flow to the brain and relieving tension, up to 70 percent of chronic headache sufferers feel pain when they’re exercising. So what’s the deal? It depends on how you’re exercising—two main culprits of exercise-induced headaches are sudden sprinting and improper breathing. Keep head pain at bay by making sure you warm up immediately before a workout, and take the intensity of your workout down a notch if you can’t get through it without huffing and grunting the whole time.
Not tonight honey, it’ll give me a headache. For some people, a headache can be brought on by sex or orgasm. Experts haven’t figured out exactly why this happens yet, but they speculate that it might be due to pressure and muscle contractions in the head and neck during sex, or possibly the increase in blood pressure and heart rate during orgasm.
11. Weather Changes
If you feel like you get a headache every time it rains or the temperature spikes, it might not be coincidence. The pressure changes that cause weather changes are also thought to trigger chemical changes in the brain, irritating the nerves and leading to a headache for some.
Though uncommon, for some, the strain of coughing can be enough to trigger a headache. It’s called a primary cough headache, and is thought to be possibly caused by increased pressure in the head. Also experiencing dizziness or fainting? Those may be symptoms of a secondary cough headache, a more serious condition sometimes caused by a defect in the skull or cerebellum or a weakness in one of the blood vessels in the brain, so get yourself to the doctor!
13. Certain Foods
Chocolate. Cheese. Wine. A list of my favorite breakfast foods or a few possible migraine triggers? Trick question—it’s both! All three of those have been known to cause head pain in some—click here to see more foods to approach with caution.
Which of these headache triggers have been the cause of headaches for you?