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How to Deal With Headache While Studying?

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Migraines and Headaches 

Tension headaches account for nearly all headaches suffered by college students (TTHs). TTHs can be produced by muscles in the back of the neck and/or the scalp tightening. Because college students are continually seated in strained positions, it's no wonder that these headaches are the most common (e.g., sitting in uncomfortable lecture chairs while hunching over a book to catch up on readings). 

If you're studying for that big exam by cramming the entire textbook into one night, be warned: a headache is likely which is the only pressure point. 

To begin with, it is true that college students are prone to headaches. The prevalence of headaches was 87 per cent in a self-reported survey of more than 300 university students in Brazil, with tension-type and migraine headaches being the most common. 

Second, various people have different headache triggers. However, there are a few proven headache and migraine triggers that you should be aware of while studying for the big exam. 

Long-term computer use or prolonged reading, for example, can create eyestrain. Furthermore, headaches are a symptom of eyestrain in some people. So it is very important to know how much screen time is healthy.

Making the grade — and pulling successive all-nighters to do so — adds to the stress. Tension headaches and migraines are known to be triggered by stress. Indeed, a recent study of almost 5,000 participants (presented at the 4th European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress) discovered that an increase in stress was closely linked to an increase in headaches, with the effects being stronger in younger age groups.

In certain people, lack of sleep can also cause headaches and migraines. Stress and inconsistent sleep patterns, when combined, can have a significant impact on your headaches. Two consecutive days of either high stress or inadequate sleep were "highly predictive" of a headache, according to a small observational study of chronic tension headache and migraine sufferers. 

Types of tension headaches

Three Different Types of Tension Headaches 

  • Infrequent and sporadic - less than one day every month 
  • 1-14 days a month is considered frequent. 
  • Chronic – occurs more than 15 times each month 


  • A dull, aching, and non-pulsating pain on both sides of the head. 
  • Muscle of head, neck and shoulder becomes tender.
  • Head and/or neck pain in the forehead, temples, or back 


  • Anxiety and/or stress 
  • screen fatigue
  • Sleeping patterns change 
  • Meal skipping 
  • Consumption of alcohol 
  • Anger and/or sadness 


Tension-type episodes Headaches 

Over-the-counter analgesics such as aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve can be used to treat this type of headache. If it is ineffectual on its own, a modest quantity of caffeine might be added. A heated neck wrap may also help to reduce the pain. 

Tension Headaches (Frequent/Chronic) 

Consult a doctor for a diagnosis and to discuss options for therapy, such as amitriptyline (an anticonvulsant). They are utilised because they are analgesics (pain relievers). Some may be prescribed for people who have trouble sleeping. 

Migraine Symptoms 

Migraine headaches are influenced by genetics. You have a 25-50 per cent probability of acquiring migraines if one of your parents has migraines. If both of your parents get migraines, that number rises to 70%. 

Migraine headaches can last anywhere from hours to days, depending on the trigger.  Nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, noise, and scents are all signs of migraine headaches. 

Women are more prone to migraine headaches than men. The menstrual cycle of the lady may be to blame. 60% of female migraine sufferers believe their attacks are linked to their menstrual cycle. (nhf.com) 

Treatment for Migraine

Initially, try treating your migraine with over-the-counter pain relievers (such as Advil or Tylenol) and anti-nausea medications (such as Gravol). If those don't work, talk to your doctor about other possibilities. Triptans (drugs that constrict blood arteries) or beta-blockers, for example, may be recommended. Cold packs can be applied to the temples and forehead. Apply for 15 minutes at a time, pausing for 15 minutes between applications. 

"Sinus Complications" 

Headaches produced by acute sinusitis are referred to as "sinus headaches" (inflammation of the sinuses). These are characterised by nasal congestion, nasal discharge, fever, soreness, and tenderness over the affected sinus, as well as a deep dull ache exacerbated by head movement. If you think you have a sinus infection, you should see a doctor. They will be able to determine the best course of action for you. 

Clusters Headaches 

Cluster headaches are characterised by acute, incapacitating pain on one side of the head, as well as a watery eye, nasal congestion, or a runny nose on the same side of the face. Cluster headaches develop out of nowhere and might last weeks or months before disappearing for months or years. 

Cluster headache treatment should be discussed with a medical practitioner. They will begin pharmacological therapy as soon as the headache occurs in order to shorten the duration of the cluster period and minimise the severity of the headaches. 

Corticosteroids and antiepileptics are examples of medications (anti-seizure). OTC (over-the-counter) drugs are ineffective. As the headaches fade and subside, these drugs are gradually tapered off and ultimately eliminated. 

Headache Relief tips and how to reduce screen time

  • While studying, take frequent breaks to rest your eyes, neck, and back. 
  • Use a chair that is ergonomic. 
  • Over your PC, use a non-glare screen. 
  • Take pain medicine as soon as possible because it is more effective at the start. 
  • Caffeine should be consumed in moderation (maximum 400 mg per day) to avoid headaches. 
  • Alcohol consumption can result in headaches. Try these strategies to relieve a headache caused by alcohol: 
  • Drink in moderation. 
  • Consume or drink sugary foods or beverages. 
  • Drink plenty of water. 
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. 
  • Consistently get enough sleep (at least seven hours per night). 
  • Every 3-4 waking hours eat a meal or snack. 
  • To relax and ease daily tension and worry, try deep breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation. 
  • To relieve muscle stress, have a neck massage. 
  • If you're getting headaches, keep track of how much time you spend in front of the TV or computer.

Take Away

If you have headaches or migraines, check and control screen time and protect your eyes from those harmful blue rays.