Increased weekend migraines are so common they even have a nickname — the Saturday Syndrome. Severe weekend migraines are common, and the most easily preventable.
Why Do I Get Migraines on the Weekend?
Why is this happening?
Your routine changes. You may have a different sleep schedule, increased or decreased levels of activity, and different meals and caffeine levels. Your body is suddenly thrown into a different lifestyle, and you know what happens when you get out of a routine as a migraine sufferer — increased pain.
Psychologically, weekend migraines can be caused by the sudden release of tension. You’re home, you have a couple of days away from work and you aren’t hunched over at a computer or at a physically demanding job. This sudden change in stress levels can trigger a migraine.
How can I prevent weekend migraines when I can’t stick to my weekday routine?
It’s impossible to have the same routine on off days as you do during workdays. Fortunately, there are a few variables you can keep the same.
- Hydration. Keep an eye on your water levels. Increase hydration if you’re more active, or outside.
- Stay consistent with your caffeine levels. Drink the same amount you would on a week day, or wean yourself off completely so you don’t have to keep track. Caffeine is a drug like any other and should be regulated.
- Watch for light triggers. You may spend more time in the sunshine on the weekends. Bring your dark sunglasses.
- Keep your sleep schedule steady. It’s so tempting to sleep in on the weekends. Why not? The extra sleep would feel incredible. Unfortunately, disrupted sleep schedules are a minefield for migraines. Try your best to stick to your weekday sleep schedule, even on the weekends.
- Establish a wind-down routine on Friday nights. Whether this is meditation, a ritual, a hot bath or a few deep breaths, allow your body to relax in a gentle way and acknowledge the routine change.
Note that everyone’s version of a weekend is different. We know not everyone is a 9–5er, and you may not work outside of the home. Apply these principles to your version of a weekend, or any time your routine changes. Migraine prevention thrives on a routine, so be prepared when you know your routine will change.
Our Team: We are Here to Help
We are a small, dedicated app development team that wants you to better understand your migraines and triggers. Everyone on the team has lived with migraines at some point in their lives. We are your community, and we’re here to help. Reach out any time with questions. [email protected].
As always — please seek the advice of a doctor for medical questions. Our app team cannot give medical advice.
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