Does Dehydration cause Headache?
Does dehydration cause headache? Yes! And for me, dehydration triggers a 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 siting, at my desk and classroom) but realized I wasn’t drinking it. This was a problem. I have a couple of new tricks I’m trying.
Does Dehydration Cause Headache?
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Track Water Intake
I bought a Thermos Smart Lid water bottle to help track digitally. I track my migraine both digitally and paper/pencil, but I think this water bottle and app will give me an accurate reading. Water bottles are usually left all over the house and having only one option to drink from seemed less wasteful and more efficient.
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.
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 will help with my overall battle.
When I think the heat is going to be an issue, I use hydration tablets on vacations and situations sweaty situation. 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 headache?
I have not used them on a normal basis until now. Even mild dehydration can trigger my migraine which can occur every day. I have started using 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.
If you dehydrate easily, like me, avoid caffeine and alcohol while increasing your fruit and vegetable intake. Environmental factors as well as food intake can adverse or benefit the effects of dehydration……so drink up!
Although dehydration is a migraine trigger, it is avoidable with these tips and more diligent tracking.
Does dehydration trigger a headache or migraine for you?