_________________________________________________________________ RealAge: Help for Migraines _________________________________________________________________ Ask yourself the following questions to see if your lifestyle could be setting the stage for migraine pain. * Do I maintain a steady sleep schedule? Staying up an extra hour or two past your bedtime to read a good book or catch a rerun of your favorite movie on late-night television may seem like a good idea, but you could pay for it the next day. Inconsistent sleep habits and not getting enough sleep are common migraine triggers. Make restful sleep a priority. Need help getting a good night's sleep? Take the RealAge Sleep Health Assessment for tips. * Do I sometimes skip meals? Skipping breakfast to shave 15 minutes off your morning routine isn't worth it. Missing meals is one of the most common and avoidable migraine triggers. Never skip a meal, and keep protein bars, apples, whole-wheat crackers, and trail mix on hand as on-the-go options when your meal is delayed. * Do I exercise regularly? Hopping on the elliptical trainer a few times a week, taking your favorite four-legged friend for a walk in the park on weekends, and enjoying an occasional bike ride on a scenic trail are all good prescriptions for migraine sufferers. That's because regular, moderate exercise may help prevent migraines. Just make sure you don't overdo it. Strenuous exercise is a migraine trigger for some people. Visit My Fitness Plan for direction when creating your custom workout. * Do I try to take on too much? Whether your day is packed with work meetings and doctor appointments or household chores and grocery shopping, take stock of how stressed you feel by your commitments. Stress can provoke migraines. If you feel tense but can't loosen up your schedule that day, take a 10- to 20-minute antimigraine break. Practice deep breathing, meditation, self-hypnosis, yoga poses, or any other activity that helps you feel calm. Practicing these antimigraine strategies not only can help you fend off migraines, but they also will help you feel refreshed, energized, and ready to tackle the day.