Can Dehydration cause Headaches?
Can dehydration cause headaches? Yes! And for me, dehydration triggers my migraine. 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 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 Headache Remedies and 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 personal statistics. This water bottle and app give me an accurate reading and I like it. So far, the app has been helpful in tracking and understanding 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.
If your water bottle reminding you isn’t enough, set alarms on your phone to drink every few hours.
When I think the heat is going to be an issue, I use hydration tablets on vacations and sweaty situations. I overheat easily and always keep a tube of NUUN tablets to drop in my water to get a boost of electrolytes.
How do you get rid of dehydration headaches?
Even mild dehydration can trigger migraine attacks. I recently started using hydration tables on a normal basis. I use NUUN tables after my workouts to add electrolytes on top of my already increased water. According to NUUN, “Dehydration cannot only lead to decreased performance, but it can cause muscle cramping, headaches, nausea, and fatigue.” Although dehydration is a migraine trigger, it is avoidable with these tips and more diligent tracking.
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
- Increase fruit and vegetable intake
- Be aware of environmental factors
- Monitor food intake
- Find shade
Does dehydration trigger a headache or migraine attack for you?