A stark change in weather isn't enjoyable for a number of reasons. One being that it usually means a complete wardrobe shift, but it can also have repercussions for your health.
If you've ever noticed the onset of a headache following a weather change, it's not just a coincidence. Because weather change headaches—or barometric pressure headache, as they're known in the medical world—are a completely real thing, and a pain for anyone who experiences them.
You're more susceptible to a weather change headache if you suffer with headaches regularly, advises Parvinder Sagoo, lead medical advisor and Clinician at Simply Meds. "You may find that when the weather changes these headaches increase or become more severe," he notes.
Gloomy, grey skies, high humidity, quickly rising temperatures and storms are all climate conditions that are known to bring on headaches. "This is because the pressure changes in the atmosphere can trigger both chemical and electrical changes in the brain, which then aggravates the nerves and leads to headaches," the pharmacist tells Cosmopolitan UK.
"These types of headache are known as a barometric pressure headache and occur after there is a drop in barometric pressure," Parvinder explains. Barometric pressure headaches are similar to a normal headache or migraine, but are also known to cause other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, increased sensitivity to light. "You may also feel generally lethargic, tired and unmotivated, which is likely to further promote headaches, a foggy mind and dull head and ear pain," says the medical expert.
Frustratingly, seeing as Mother Nature is in charge of the weather and not little old you, there's not a lot you can do about the cause. But there are ways you can help ease your symptoms.
Pharmacist Parvinder recommends drinking plenty of water when the weather starts to change, to keep hydration levels up. He also suggests taking frequent breaks from your phone or computer screen to prevent eye strain, and taking a hot bath or shower to try and relax tense muscles.