Suffer from Migraines? Try These Room Darkening Tips

Light sensitivity is a common migraine trigger. It is believed that the optic nerve, which sends signals about light to the brain, plays a role in migraines and light sensitivity. Common light sources that can trigger a migraine include the sun, TVs, computer monitors, and fluorescent lighting.

Not only can light trigger a migraine, it may also make a current migraine worse. Being able to escape to a dark, quiet room for 20 to 30 minutes often helps people who have a migraine attack. Here are three great tips for darkening a room to help with a migraine attack.

3 Room Darkening Tips for Migraines

Install Blackout Curtains

Typical curtains often allow some sunlight to filter through them. Blackout curtains, on the other hand, are made with thicker fabric and have light-blocking properties. Therefore, light does not filter through them. Along with blocking out the sun’s light and other light sources, blackout curtains can also help with energy savings as well! You can find blackout curtains in most department stores and online.

Paint Your Room a Dark Neutral Color

White walls reflect light and brighten a room. Whichever room you choose as your escape from migraines (such as a bedroom), consider painting the walls a dark, neutral color - such as a dark burgundy.

Use an Eye Pillow or Mask

Relaxing in a dark room may not be enough. Using an eye pillow or eye mask may not only help block out light, but some of these products can be heated or cooled. The warmth or coolness of the mask may help relieve migraine pain.

Seeking Out a Migraine Doctor

If you suffer from migraines, consulting with a migraine specialist may be a good option for you. At Apex Medical Center, our Las Vegas migraine doctors and pain specialists treat migraines and headaches. We have three convenient locations in the Las Vegas and Henderson area. Call today or book an appointment online!


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