Autumn can be a bad time for migraine sufferers as changing weather conditions have long been recognised as a trigger factor for migraines.
‘The relationship is probably to do with changes in pressure and humidity and so on’ says Dr Edward O’ Sullivan, director of the specialist Migraine/Headache clinic in Cork and medical advisor to the MAI.
‘In addition the changing season may be a factor and factors such as ‘seasonal affective disorder’ (SAD) may also be important. This is particularly noticeable in the changeable weather conditions of October and November.’
Strong glare from the low winter sun can also be a problem for people at this time of year, and wrap around or polarised lenses (which reduce glare) may prove useful.
More information of common triggers can be found here.