10 Tips for Enjoying New Year's Celebrations Despite Migraines

by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

We have Migraines and headaches. We're "regular" people who have a disease or headache disorder. That doesn't mean that we don't enjoy a celebration as much as the next person. Right?

For many of us, having Migraines or headaches does mean that we have to plan ahead and make some concessions when we join that New Year's Eve celebration. To help you enjoy that New Year's Eve celebration without paying for it the next day, here are some things to take a look at, some tips for that holiday celebration:

1. Manage Your Food Triggers

Do you know that eating certain foods will trigger a Migraine? If  you're hosting a party, be sure to prepare some foods that you can eat without triggering a Migraine. If you're attending a party hosted by someone else, take something with you that you know you can eat without triggering a Migraine.

Is alcohol a trigger for you? Some people can drink certain alcoholic beverages safely, but others trigger a Migraine. If that's you, plan ahead, and take your own drink with you -- one that doesn't trigger a Migraine. If all alcoholic beverages are a trigger for you, take something else you enjoy drinking.

You can learn more about food and drink triggers and download a free trigger food work book from Managing Migraine – Migraine Trigger Foods.

2. Keep yourself properly hydrated

Dehydration can be a very strong trigger for Migraines and some headaches. When trying to stay hydrated, remember that caffeine and alcohol can both be dehydrating. For more on this one, see Dehydration – an Avoidable Migraine Trigger.

3. Watch Your Schedule, and Don't Mess Up Your Sleep

Sleep issues can be very strong Migraine triggers. There are various sleep problems that can be triggers:

  • too much sleep
  • too little sleep
  • disrupted sleep
  • poor quality sleep
  • irregular sleep schedule

It's recommended that Migraineurs go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends, holidays, and vacations. Do you wake with a Migraine? That's often a sign that they're triggered by food issues. For more information, watch our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep.

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