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How Staying Hydrated May Help You Manage Your Migraine

Make a habit out of drinking water throughout the day.

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Drinking water is important for overall health. And if you’re living with migraine, your water intake is an important thing to pay attention to.

That’s because dehydration is a common migraine trigger. According to The American Migraine Foundation, about one third of people who live with migraines say it’s a trigger for them.

Research suggests that drinking more water may be one small way to proactively invest in your health. One study found that migraine attacks were shorter and less severe in those who drank more water. For people living with migraine, the general recommendation is 7-8 (8 oz.) glasses of water per day.

The good news is there are a number of ways to make it easier to drink more water and stay hydrated throughout your day. As always, consult with your care team for recommendations and guidelines that can be tailored for you. And these Microsteps can help you build better hydration habits:

Drink a glass of water right when you wake up. It’s possible to become dehydrated during sleep, especially if you didn’t get enough rest5. Hydrating before you check your phone or get to work may help you start your day on a healthier note.  

Set reminders on your phone to drink water. If you tend to forget to drink water, let your phone help you by sending you periodic nudges throughout the day.

Invest in a fun reusable water bottle. Keeping a water bottle at your side throughout the day may encourage more frequent sips and gives you a visual reminder to stay hydrated.

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