What’s a weekend migraine? It’s a headache that’s triggered by a change in routine—nicknamed “weekend migraines,” because they commonly start on Saturday mornings for nine-to-fivers who have the weekend off. The condition is also sometimes known as a “let-down headache.”
What causes them? On a day off, you’re likely to sleep later, consume more alcohol, drink caffeine at random times and eat different types of food (hello, disco fries). Any of these habits can trigger a migraine, but mix them all together and wham. Plus, our friends at WebMD say that if you’ve been pushing yourself hard at work all week, it’s common to experience headaches as part of the “let-down effect,” when you finally allow yourself to take a breather.
How can I prevent them? You’re not gonna like this news, but the best plan is to keep your weekend routine as close as possible to your weekday routine. Yep, even if that means waking up at 7 a.m. and drinking a cup of black coffee instead of sleeping until noon and having a mimosa—but it’s a small price to pay for a blissful, headache-free weekend.