Daylight Saving Time Ending Can Trigger Severe Headaches 11/4/13
CBS 7 News
November 4, 2013
According to Seattle News Radio Station KOMO, although most people would think that an extra hour of sleep would leave us all refreshed, for some people the time change literally causes headaches. The end of daylight savings time is typically a trigger for what doctors call cluster headaches.
The cluster of headaches typically starts a couple of days after the time change. The attacks can last anywhere from six weeks to three months and can be debilitating. This phenomenon is seen much more in men than women and experts say it's caused by circadian rhythms in the brain, according to Dr. Stewart Tepper who treats headache pain in Seattle.
There are a variety of medications that work for cluster headaches and some headache specialists will even use melatonin to try to knock them down, or even prevent their onset. Oxygen also helps a lot; so many times cluster headache patients are given an oxygen tank and a mask to help relieve pain.
If you always seem to get headaches this time of year, pay attention to your symptoms and talk to your doctor, said Tepper.