Migraine and Dehydration: Can Dehydration Cause Headaches?

Hyration for migraine trigger relief

Can dehydration cause headaches? Yes! And for me, dehydration triggers my migraine attacks. The good news is that it is avoidable. The bad news is that it is often overlooked. Usually, I have a water bottle around (in the car, where I’m sitting, at my desk, and classroom), but I realized I wasn’t drinking it. This was a problem. I have a couple of dehydration headache remedies and tips I use. This post contains dehydration headache remedies.

Can Dehydration Cause Headaches?

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Dehydration Headaches

Hydration Tips

Track Water Intake

I bought a Thermos Smart Lid water bottle to help track digitally. I track my migraine life both digitally and with paper/pencil. The water bottle comes with an app that tracks ounces consumed, hours you have drunk, and sips. It shows the temperatures of the water along with the activity. You can customize your goal or use the suggested goal according to your statistics. This water bottle and app give me an accurate reading, which I like. So far, the app has helped track and understand if my migraine is triggered by dehydration. Not all triggers are avoidable, but hydration is. I think that this helps with my overall battle. Another option is to get a prelabeled bottle as a reminder. Motivational quotes and time reminders can help keep you on track.

Use reminders

If your water bottle reminding you isn’t enough, set alarms on your phone to drink every few hours.

Hydration Tablets

When I think the heat will be an issue, I use hydration tablets on vacations and in sweaty situations. I overheat easily and always keep a tube of NUUN tablets to drop in my water to boost electrolytes.

Migraine and Dehydration

Even mild dehydration can trigger migraine attacks. I recently started using hydration tables regularly. I use NUUN tables after workouts to add electrolytes to my increased water every day. NUUN states, “Dehydration cannot only lead to decreased performance, but it can cause muscle cramping, headaches, nausea, and fatigue.”

You can rehydrate your body and alleviate symptoms with a hangover IV in Nashville. This treatment was originally formulated for hangovers, but its combination of vitamins, fluids, and medications can help relieve your migraine symptoms. Although dehydration is a migraine trigger, it is avoidable with these tips and more diligent tracking.

Dehydration Tips

  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Increase fruit and vegetable intake
  • Be aware of environmental factors
  • Monitor food intake
  • Find shade

dehydration remedies tips

Weighted Blanket

Allay Lamp- Green Light Therapy

Headache Hat- Ice Hat

Heat Wrap


Bed of Nails


Sarah Rathsack

Sarah tells stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. Her kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate her to make a difference in the Migraine World.

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  1. callista83 on November 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    That water bottle looks cool but I’m sad to see it’s only for Apple devices. I hope they introduce Android soon. I know I don’t drink enough water and too much caffeine, it certainly isn’t helping my migraine. Do you have a post here that talks about how you log your migraines? You mention digital and paper but I’d love to know what app you recommend or what paper chart you use.

  2. mymigrainelife on November 7, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I use migraine buddy when I’m doing it digitally. It is good except I get migraine spikes and need to log it as separate migraines in a day. I’m in a constant state of migraine but my pain level changes.

  3. callista83 on November 7, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Thank you I will check it out.

  4. CarieJ on November 17, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I use Ulla smart hydration reminder on my water bottle. It blinks at me when I haven’t taken a drink in about 30 mins.

  5. mymigrainelife on November 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

    That’s nice!! I wish mine had a reminder like that.

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