TODAY | November 01, 2012
>>> 22 million women suffer from them and sometimes they're due to too much alcohol or skimping on sleep. but there are surprising new reasons your head can hurt. prevention magazine's dwep peputy editor is here to fill us in. so not always the usual cull pretties.
>> not the usual culculprits. 22 million people suffer regular headaches. and there are a lot of reasons.
>> sometimes it's what we eat. and when you look at this beautiful blat plate of hor d'oeuvres, there's something in this that's not great.
>> smoked dried aged food leak wine, cheese, smoked salmon , high in something that causes your blood vessels to constrict. so if you're prone to headaches after you eat, keep a log.
>> and red wine does it more than white wine .
>> that's actually an urban myth .
>> it's true in my house, honey.
>> i'm used to having a couple cups of coffee a day. if i still it one day, i notice a dull headache. so on the weekends oftentimes people sleep in, catch up on sleep. but you can go into caffeine withdrawal while you're sleep and wake up with a headache. that's why we recommend that you get up at the same time every day. you should sleep in no more than an hour a day.
>> so get up at the same time and drink coffee like you're going to work?
>> exactly. a lot of people --
>> i'm thinking about, what, go back to bed afterwards? you can't because you just had caffeine. kron.
>> looking at the computer and books and everything.
>> the flare puts enormous strain on the eyes. so we recommend every hour take a break, read something the old fashioned way. and when you take breaks, it helps your productivity.
>> all right. what about the gas station smells?
>> smells can trigger things. 2 million americans are allergic to fragrances. that can be perfume, but also the smell of gas. so you can't always control the smells that you're surrounded by. so obviously if you're sentence to fragrance, don't wear perfume.
>> don't go on bloomingdales during christmas season where they spray everybody. you love bloomingdales, but avoid it if you're allergic.
>> absolutely. and we recommend carrying around vials of essential oils. lavender is like a tension tamer.
>> i like to put wlachb der just in my bath at night. if i'm dehydrated, sometimes your head is pounding.
>> it's obviously good to hydrate.