Migraine attacks and screen headaches can have a significant influence on your personal and professional life. Not only can they make it difficult to perform work responsibilities, but the pounding pain can also make it difficult to fulfil social obligations and spend time with family and friends.
When you consider how much time we spend on the internet, attending Zoom meetings, keeping up with the 24-hour news cycle, checking email, or trying to beat an unbeatable game, it’s easy to see how too much time is in front of a screen is bad for our health.
Is too much screen time causes headaches and migraines?
Yes, to put it bluntly. Too much time spent in front of the screen might lead to headaches and migraines. However, the how and why is a little more complicated.
When you stare at a computer for an extended period of time, you’re likely to develop eye strain. Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain syndrome, can induce screen headaches, eye strain, dry eyes, neck pain, and blurred vision, according to a 2018 study.
Computer vision syndrome is linked to headaches behind the eyes in particular.
Screen headache symptoms are comparable to those of a conventional headache or migraine episode, with the addition of a few screen-related side effects.
The following are some of the more frequent migraine symptoms, particularly during the attack phase:
Increased sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, seeing forms, bright spots, or flashes, pounding and throbbing pain in the temples or on the side, front, or back of the head
A screen headache might cause the following symptoms:
Blurry vision due to eye strain, aching in the back of the head, muscle tension in the neck and shoulders, and dry eyes
If a migraine is triggered by a screen headache, you may experience all of these symptoms.
How can you avoid screen-related headaches and migraines?
When you have a screen headache, you must deal with the symptoms. However, if you can prevent migraines from occurring in the first place, you’ll be able to avoid (or at least reduce) the pain and suffering that comes with them.
Here are some tips for avoiding headaches and migraines caused by screen use.
*Make changes to the lighting.
*Eye strain and headaches can be caused by the brightness of your monitor or electronic device, as well as the lighting in your environment.
*Keep the lighting in your home—both natural and artificial—regulated with the brightness of the display to reduce eye strain, which can contribute to screen headaches and migraines. Also, think about where you want to put your screen to reduce glare.
*Frequently, take a rest.
*Looking away from the screen during the workday or while watching television may reduce eye strain and, as a result, the risk of a migraine or screen headache.
*The 20-20-20 rule, as recommended by the American Optometric Association, is to take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at anything 20 feet away.
*If screen headaches and migraines are a result of eye strain, make sure your display is at least 20 to 25 inches away from your eyes.
*Purchase a pair of blue light spectacles.
*Although there is some evidence that blue light filtering eyewear can help prevent screen headaches, more research is needed. There are better methods to avoid a screen headache, but an affordable pair can’t hurt.
*Consider using a screen protector.
*Consider placing an anti-glare screen on your monitor if the glare from your screen is causing you to strain your eyes.
*Use paper if you want to go old school.
W*hile printing lengthy documents that you may use more than once is not the most environmentally friendly option, it can help you spend less time in front of a screen.
Remedies for headaches and migraines
Many people find that simply limiting screen time is not an option, especially if they spend the majority of their working hours glued to a computer screen. However, some treatments may aid in the reduction of migraine pain and the prevention of further aggravation.
For acute migraine attacks, over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen) are often the first line of defence.
Prescription migraine drugs are divided into two types: acute (for the start of a migraine) and preventive (for the prevention of migraines).
Acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, yoga, daily physical activity, better sleep hygiene, and dietary changes are some of the lifestyle and complementary treatments that have been shown to lessen migraine pain.
According to a 2019 study, alternative and integrative therapies such as yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness can aid with migraines.
According to research from observational studies, dietary changes such as removing trigger foods like coffee and MSG may reduce headaches or migraine attacks in vulnerable individuals.
If you enjoy acupuncture, you might wish to incorporate it into your treatment plan.
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