Cluster Headaches and Time of the Year

By MarieNelson on August 16th, 2019

The changing of seasons can trigger cluster headaches, which are defined as a series of relatively short but extremely painful headaches every day for weeks or months at a time. One possible reason for the trigger of cluster headaches is as the seasons shift, so does the amount of sunlight you get.

In the summer, days are longer and nights are shorter. Then, in the winter, the opposite occurs. Changes in how much sunlight you get can change your body’s sleep-wake cycle, and that can lead to your head pain.

Clusters are common in the fall and spring, when we adjust our clocks for daylight saving time. They are also common in January and February, when the days are short, and in July and August, when they are long, says Brian M. Grosberg, MD, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York. Because headaches can be seasonal, people often mistake them for headaches caused by allergies, sinusitis, or stress.

Physical therapy is commonly prescribed for individuals who experience headaches. There is effective treatment for almost every type of headache. The challenge lies in determining the type of headache, its cause, and in developing an appropriate treatment plan that will reduce both its frequency and intensity. Physical therapists can help determine the type of headache you have and are experts in managing pain.

 

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