Lifestyle Changes for Migraine Patients


Because there are many factors that contribute to headache disorders, lifestyle changes can impact patient outcomes. Behaviors like getting consistent sleep, eating a more balanced diet and exercising regularly can help reduce attack frequency and intensity. Learn more about lifestyle changes and resources you can offer patients to track their daily activities, and utilize changes within their control to start reducing the frequency of their attacks.


Diet and Migraine: A Q&A with Dr. Vincent Martin

The relationship between diet and migraine is vastly misunderstood. Dr. Vincent Martin estimates 10% or less of people are sensitive to “food triggers.” People living with migraine can identify some food triggers, and rule others out, by examining their diet and understanding how specific foods affect their migraine.

News & Articles

Maintaining Compassion on Diet-Based Migraine Matters | AHS

Alan Finkel, MD, FAHS, highlights the need to listen to and support patients with migraine who may be struggling with diet or weight issues.Read More

Sleep, Migraine and Improved Patient Outcomes | AHS

Poor sleep habits and migraine continue to be linked as more advanced technology allows physicians to reveal a stronger connection.Read More

4 Common Migraine Triggers | American Headache Society

Recent studies explore links between 4 commonly believed migraine triggers (caffeine, chocolate, weather, and non-working days) and migraine attack onset.Read More

Patient Resources

Guide to Managing Migraine at Work

Download the American Migraine Foundation guide How to Manage Migraine at Work for tips on how to manage your migraine symptoms in the workplace. Read More

Meal Planning Toolkit | The American Migraine Foundation

Our free guide provides a wealth of information and tips to help you explore how food may affect your migraine. Read More

Guide to Healthy Sleep | The American Migraine Foundation

Enter your name and email for a free download of our guide to healthy sleep so you can improve your sleep to better manage your migraine.Read More

Nutraceuticals for Migraine | The American Migraine Foundation

Enter your name and email for a free download of our guide on nutraceuticals for migraine. Read More

Managing Diet and Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

Making even small changes to your diet can impact migraine. Learn from Dr. Alan Finkel how to discuss food triggers and dieting with your doctor.Read More

Exercise and Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

Learn about the various ways exercise can help you manage migraine. We also provide tips on starting an effective exercise regimen.Read More

Yoga for Migraine Treatment | American Migraine Foundation

See why yoga is considered one of the many non-medical ways people can fight migraine—and how to add it to your treatment plan.Read More

Sleep Disorders and Headache | American Migraine Foundation

People with headache disorders have a 2-8 times greater risk for sleep disorders. Learn the connections between the two and how to regain healthy sleep.Read More

Workplace Accommodations for People Living With Migraine

Real stories of workplace accommodations that have been made for people living with migraine, as told by Move Against Migraine group members.Read More

Mindfulness for Migraine | American Migraine Foundation

Mindfulness, defined as “paying attention in the present moment without judgment,” can help alleviate stress and, in some cases, prevent a migraine attack.Read More

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