Health Conditions A-Z Neurological Disorders Migraine Karamo Brown Shared How Stress and News Can Trigger Migraines One of the fab five on Netflix's "Queer Eye" discussed how doomscrolling can trigger migraines. By Maggie O'Neill Maggie O'Neill Twitter Maggie O’Neill is a health writer and reporter based in New York who specializes in covering medical research and emerging wellness trends, with a focus on cancer and addiction. Prior to her time at Health, her work appeared in the Observer, Good Housekeeping, CNN, and Vice. She was a fellow of the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2020 class on Women’s Health Journalism and 2021 class on Cancer Reporting. In her spare time, she likes meditating, watching TikToks, and playing fetch with her dog, Finnegan. health's editorial guidelines Updated on January 9, 2023 Medically reviewed by Daniel Combs, MD Medically reviewed by Daniel Combs, MD Daniel Combs, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Arizona. learn more Share Tweet Pin Email The pain of a migraine can put you down and out. The neurological disorder can affect your daily life, with intense headaches, brain fog, and nausea sidelining you. But the more you know about what triggers your migraines, the easier it is to stop or prevent them from happening. The first step to finding what might trigger your migraine is to keep a journal about things you encounter in the time leading up to your attack. What Triggers Migraines? According to the American Migraine Foundation, some of the most common migraine triggers include: Stress Poor sleep Hormone changes Overusing alcohol or caffeine Changes in weather patterns Diet and foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG) and histamines Being dehydrated Overusing prescription medications Some people with chronic migraine also list the flickering of fluorescent bulbs and encountering strong smells, like perfumes and gasoline, as triggers. 21 Natural Remedies To Prevent and Treat Headaches News as a Stress Trigger During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown orders, many people were addicted to watching the news in 2020. "There were a lot of moments where I caught myself watching the news, constantly on this news cycle," Karamo Brown, one of the fab five on the Netflix show "Queer Eye," told Health. Staying glued to headlines every hour of every day isn't necessarily healthy for anyone. But it was especially damaging to Brown because of his chronic health condition. "I suffer from migraine. And migraine is brought on a lot by stress. [The news] would just be bringing out so much stress to me, which was triggering my migraine," explained Brown. "You just think, 'I'm staying informed,' or 'I'm being aware of what's happening.' But literally all you're doing is triggering yourself over and over again," said Brown. That led to an epiphany about the toll the news took on Brown's body. "It was like, 'Relax, stop watching it.' I have to take a step back and focus on something positive," noted Brown. Vitamin D Deficiency and Your Chronic Headaches Headache Journaling Keeping a journal of your migraine events can help you find the best solutions to treat and prevent migraine attacks. Detailing the circumstances of your migraines will give you a sense of the warning signs, patterns, and triggers that proceed with an event. That way, in the future, you'll be better prepared. It also helps a healthcare provider treat your situation. According to the National Headache Foundation, your record should include the following: Day or date of your attack, including the day of the weekHow long the attack lastedThe severity of pain, like between one and 10, with 10 being the worseSymptoms you experienced, such as dizziness, light or sound sensitivity, numbnessThe location of where the pain is experienced and how it progressed or declinedThe medication you took, like the timing and amount Use the list of triggers at the beginning of this piece to guide some of what you should consider. Also, include notes about events from the hours or days leading up to the attack. As you journal, you'll become more aware of your headaches and their ebb and flow. You'll also gain an awareness of the events that could trigger you and begin to understand what to limit or avoid. A Quick Review Migraines are intense headaches that can stop you in your tracks, often accompanied by brain fog and nausea. Stress, hormones, sleep, and fragrances or sounds can all trigger migraines. Identifying what triggers your migraines can help you prevent those triggers, hopefully avoiding a migraine. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Health.com uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. American Migraine Foundation. Top 10 migraine triggers and how to deal with them. National Headache Foundation. Headache diary: Keeping a diary can help your doctor help you.