Why Do I Have A Headache? 7 Things That Can Cause Your Head To Hurt In The Afternoon

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The afternoon headache. It's a thing. You may well have experienced this phenomenon yourself, wherein you start feeling some serious tension in the head, neck, and shoulder area as the day begins to wind down. But chances are, you can treat the returns of this rather annoying physical guest, as the common causes of an afternoon headache are not too hard to get rid of.

"A headache happens as the result of inflammation, which tells your body that something is wrong," nurse Ashley Wood, RN, BSN of Demystifying Your Health, LLC, tells Bustle, and many people get them at the same time during the day as a result of a specific issue. But the good news is, usually the causes of these headaches are not too terribly difficult to pin-point if you pay a little attention to your habits.

As for what to do in the moment when they do come on? Wood says it's good to try things until you find what works for you.

"Some people find that placing an ice pack on their head or neck for about 15 minutes helps," Wood says. "Other people find that a warm compress or heating pad is better for them. Over-the-counter pain relievers, like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are good for relieving headache pain, too."

Another good way to start combatting the ache right now? Try as best as you can to relax and take a little break. Wood says that taking a few minutes to do some meditation or deep breathing can be helpful.

Below, take a look at what the pros have to say about what is causing your afternoon headache.