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Around 1 in 7 people will suffer from Migraines according to The Journal of Headache and Pain (2013).
Migraine is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Headache Disorders, 2010).
Migraines can have a serious effect on your sleep or can be triggered by your sleep habits. According to Matthew Walker, a world leading sleep expert, ‘Routinely Sleeping less than 6 or 7 hours a night demolishes your immune system’ (2017).
Headache is a major cause of school absence. Population-based studies showed that children with migraine missed up to 82 days of school per year. (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Headache Disorders, 2010).
At work, people who suffer frequent attacks are likely to be seen as unreliable – which they may be – or unable to cope. Unfortunately, this can have a detrimental effect on the hopes of promotion and dent career and financial prospects (World Health Organisation. 2011). The UK population loses 25 million days from work or school each year because of migraine. (Absence and Workplace Health Survey, 2011).
If you’re lucky enough to have figured out your migraine triggers it can make it easier to adapt your lifestyle to avoid or reduce severity of attacks. If you’re not so lucky, the main factors that contribute to headaches and migraines are usually; Hormonal, Emotional, Physical, Dietary, Environmental and Medicinal Factors.
- Poor-Quality Sleep
- Shift Work
- Poor Posture
- Neck or Shoulder tension
- Jet Lag
- Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycaemia)
- Strenuous Exercise, if you're not use to it
- Missed, Delayed or Irregular Meals
- Caffine Products, such as Tea and Coffee
- Specific Foods, such as Chocolate and Citrus Fruit
- Foods Containing Tyramine i.e. Cured Meats, Yeast Extracts, Smoked Salmon and Certain Cheeses
- Bright Lights
- Flickering Screens, such as a Television or Computer Screen
- Smoking (or smoky rooms)
- Loud Noises
- Changes in Climate; Humidity or very cold temperatures
- Strong Smells
- Stuffy Atmosphere
- Some types of Sleeping Tablets
- The combined Contraceptive Pill
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to relieve symptoms associated with menopause
Light sensitivity is also a common trigger and symptom of migraines which can accompany nausea, eye ache and severe headache. Many migraine sufferers find that they need to recover in a dark room during an attack because of their photophobia, or that bright lights can trigger an attack.
Photophobia: Not the fear of someone taking a photo of you but the discomfort or pain when exposed to light. Many people who suffer from migraines and photophobia tend to feel better when they sleep or rest in a dark room.
The BlocOut™ Roller Blind is the perfect solution for migraine sufferers. It is an innovative blackout roller blind with side rails offering unrivalled levels of darkness in your bedroom.
The BlocOut™ Blind also reduces the external noise to help with migraine sufferer’s recovery.
To find out more about Migraines, visit the NHS website for details on causes, treatment, diagnoses and Prevention.
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