There are so many things which can cause headaches. Sleep deprivation is one of them. New parents and people who work long hours understand this all too well. They might be saying, “Well, if sleep deprivation is causing my headaches, how can I get more sleep? I can’t quit my job or stop taking care of my child!”
The good news is that you don’t have to do either of those things. Below are three simple tips which should help clear up your headaches caused by sleep deprivation.
1. Try to Get Sleep When You Can
The best remedy for headaches caused by sleep deprivation is getting some sleep. Even a short nap will cause the pain to go away. For new parents, make an effort to sleep while your baby is sleeping. Although it might seem as though you have a million things to do around the house, they can all wait until you get a little rest and aren’t in pain. For people who work long hours, make sure that you’re getting the highest quality sleep you can. Don’t drink caffeine too close to bedtime, and reduce the stimuli (such as television, smartphones and tablets) in your bedroom to be able to get to sleep as soon as possible.
2. Reduce Your Tension
For people suffering from sleep deprivation, this advice might be easier said than done. Whatever is keeping you from sleeping is probably causing tension, and lack of sleep only makes the tension worse. Here’s what you can do: sit down, close your eyes and take some slow, deep breaths. Deep breathing reduces tension by sending a message to your brain to calm down your body. Being more relaxed reduces pain. And, when it is time to go to sleep, you’ll be able to nod off faster.
3. Get a Massage
Another way to reduce tension is to get a massage. Massages help relax people because they can increase blood flow to their limbs, slow down the heart rate and decrease their blood pressure. All of these things lower your tension, which in turn alleviates your headache (and any other pains you might have. Stress can affect many parts of the body). And when you feel relaxed, you’ll sleep better.
Proactive Rehab and Chiropractor: Your Trusted Source for Chiropractic Care
Are you suffering from headaches due to sleep deprivation? Contact Dr. Alec Khlebopros at Proactive Rehab and Chiropractor today at 704-659-4574 for more information about chiropractic care.