Is Working From Home Worsening Your Headaches?

Despite New York having the best numbers since the pandemic started, we are still living an altered lifestyle and many of us are working from home until the foreseeable future. Prior to the pandemic approximately 9% of the US population worked completely from home, that number is now greater than 40%. For many of us, this change has resulted in a worsening of headaches and migraines.
This worsening may be a result of increased screen time. Migraine sufferers often have sensitivity to light, particularly the blue light that’s emitted from phones and computers. Considering certain screen protectors or glasses that filter blue light may be helpful. Also being mindful and taking the time to periodically move your gaze elsewhere to reduce eye strain.
A worsening in your headaches and migraines can possibly be due to your work set up. Many of us that are working from home don’t have the ideal office setup resulting in poor positioning and posture. For example, working on a laptop can result in hunching forward more, causing an increase in tension in the neck and shoulders. Optimizing the ergonomics of your home office can go a long way and result in great comfort and better posture. Adjusting your desk space by using books to prop up a laptop can be helpful. It is also important to take breaks and stretch.
Lastly, changes in your normal routine can result in an increase in the number of headaches and migraines. For many people, the pandemic has meant changes in their sleep schedule, diet and exercise routine. Too much or too little sleep, changes in meal schedules, changes in caffeine intake and lack of exercise can all worsen headaches and migraines. It is best to establish a regular routine as much as possible during this time.
The pandemic is a stressful time for many people with headache and migraine. If your headaches or migraines are worsening in severity or frequency, just know that our office is still here for you. Our practice is offering virtual appointments, testing, procedures and in person appointments for initial patients and as needed for follow ups.