The day the clocks go back for daylight saving reasons is arguably the most popular time of year after Christmas. After all, who doesn’t appreciate an extra hour in bed? Well, it transpires that this time of year can actually cause serious health problems which can lead to further complications such as road traffic accidents or accidents at work for people struggling with headaches. Yes, daylight saving time can result in cluster headaches for some unfortunate people. Typically, these debilitating incidents occur:
- A few days after the time change.
- On a daily basis.
- More commonly in men than women.
The attacks can go on for up to eight weeks and wreak havoc with a victim’s work and life schedule. Part of the reason they are so complicated, and indeed dangerous, is because they can strike at anytime.
It doesn’t take much thinking to imagine the potential traffic accident injuries if you get a headache whilst driving. The blurred vision and acute pain would almost certainly result in a serious road accident whilst an attack at work could have a similar outcome in terms of causing serious personal injuries.
Another unfortunate facet of cluster headaches is that there is no known cure. The cause is also unknown which means there is very little you can do to guard against the first occurrence. However, there are some tactics you can employ to try and limit both the likelihood of an attack occurring and the severity of the symptoms should they occur.
What steps can I take to avoid cluster headaches?
Acute, fast-acting treatments include oxygen and triptan injections. However, these are only available at the doctors, which is not much use if the clusters strike at work or on the road.
At home, trying to stick to a regular sleeping schedule and routine can help reduce the risk of a cluster period arising. Though daylight saving may inevitably disrupt this, it is only a difference of one hour so should hopefully be ok to deal with.
Avoiding alcohol and nicotine can also help as both can trigger a headache during a cluster period – there is a noticeable difference between a cluster headache and a hangover.
As mentioned, cluster headaches can easily cause accidents which can take a long time to get over.
If you are the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault, start your recovery with a call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our legal team can help win the accident compensation you deserve.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown