You want to have fun in the sun, but high heat and other seasonal triggers can be a real pain in the noggin. Try these tricks to stop future aches before they start.
The trigger: An ice cream treat
What’s going on: When you quickly slurp a scoop, the cold activates nerves in the back of your palate, sending a “something’s wrong!” signal to the brain and causing that no-fun brain freeze.
Your fix: Keep ice cream in the front of your mouth for a few seconds (or slowly sip shakes through a straw), so it warms up a little before going down your throat.
The trigger: Sleeping in on vacation
What’s going on: Waking up extra late (or early) instead of at your set time can bring on major migraine pain. Why? It messes with cortisol levels (the amount of the hormone in your body fluctuates as you doze).
Your fix: Stick close to your usual sleep schedule on short breaks. On a long vacation, gradually transition to the time zone where you’re staying.
The trigger: Bright sunshiny days
What’s going on: Not only can strong sunlight increase your odds for a hurting head but for every 5-degree Celsius rise in temperature, research shows, the severe migraine risk goes up 7.5 percent (dehydration could be the culprit).
Your fix: If you’re prone to headaches or migraines, and a heat wave is coming, stay in rooms with air conditioning, always wear shades outside and drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day. Keep your Rx migraine pills or an OTC pain reliever on hand.