5 "Weird" Headache Triggers To Be Aware Of

If you often get headaches and don't always know the cause, this article could be helpful. These unusual reasons could be what are triggering your headaches.
5 "Weird" Headache Triggers To Be Aware Of

Last update: 07 February, 2020

We’ve all experienced them before, but what triggers headaches? The first things that come to mind are fatigue, stress, high blood pressure and even poor posture. However, there are some other really unusual headache triggers that you may not be aware of.

Today on our page, we’re going to talk to you about a few of these “weird” headache triggers and some of the symptoms of this classic complaint that you’ll want to know about. So keep reading!

Uncommon headache triggers

Occasional headaches don’t usually require medical attention. If, however, you get intense headaches every day, you should see your doctor. They can help you get the treatment you need for your particular situation.

1. Cough headaches

This type of headache is referred to by experts as a “cough” headache. It’s relatively common, especially during the cold and allergy seasons. The triggers include:

  • Coughing a lot.
  • Sneezing several times throughout the day.
  • Frequently blowing your nose.
  • Crying for an extended period of time.

As you can see, it’s the result of normal physical exertion. They become a real problem when you begin to suffer from an uncomfortable headache.

It’s surely happened to you when you have a really bad cold that leaves you sneezing and blowing your nose all day long. The end result is a terrible headache.

2. Cold

Doctors call this condition a cold stimulus headache. It’s colloquially known as an “ice cream headache.” This is an unusual headache trigger that we’ve all experienced at some time or another, but few know why. What causes it?

  • Exposure to cold temperatures. They’re common in the summer when the air conditioner is set really low and you feel really cold.
  • Taking cold showers.
  • Getting caught in the rain.
  • Drinking something cold.

We should also point out that this type of headache, linked to cold temperatures, is really common in those who suffer from migraines.

A woman with a migraine.

3. Pressure

This is another common problem that many people often aren’t aware of and almost always results in a inexplicable headache at the end of the day. Can you guess the cause? It tends to be caused be external compression, like in the following situations:

  • Wearing a helmet or hat for several hours during the day.
  • Headbands can cause headaches if worn the entire day.
  • Sunglasses, reading glasses and even diving goggles are also headache triggers.

4. Sleeping


They’re called hypnic headaches and can occur at any age. You may experience this type of headache at some point. These are some of the triggers:

  • Waking up in the middle of the night with a sudden headache that, although not intense, can leave you feeling uncomfortable for at least half an hour.
  • They also tend to occur after taking an afternoon nap. You wake up feeling dizzy with an uncomfortable “aura” around your head.
  • The cause of this type of headache is unknown, but they’re benign and are usually not recurring.

5. Electronic devices

This has become one of the most common types of headaches in recent years. So much so that doctors are already warning us of the consequences of the excessive use of cell phones, computers and other electronic devices on our health.

It’s important to be aware that these types of devices emit electromagnetic radiation that can cause your visual health to suffer and eventually trigger a headache.

These days, people spend between 5 and 6 hours a day in front of a computer, not counting the number of times that we check our cell phones. All this results in visual fatigue, red eyes, neck and back pain and headaches, of course.

  • To avoid this problem, experts recommend lowering the screen brightness of these devices and keeping the computer below your line of sight.
A woman working on her computer.

  • Another important piece of advice to keep in mind is to try not to check your cell phone in bright light. The combination of sunlight and the light from the screen are triggers for headaches. It’s always better to wait until you’re inside to check your phone.
  • Take a short break every 20 minutes. If you work at the computer, it’s essential to take a 3-minute break for every 20 minutes you spend in front of the computer. Take a break and look away from the screen out a window, toward a wall or something at a distance to relax your eyes.
  • Also keep in mind that you should blink often to keep your eyes moist because we all have the tendency to stare at electronic devices and blink less. And as you know, eye strain triggers headaches.

As you can see there are several “weird” headache triggers that you weren’t aware of. Now that you know, keep them in mind to avoid an uncomfortable headache. Don’t forget!

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