Hunger Headaches: Symptoms, Causes And Remedies


Hunger headaches, also known as hunger migraines or hypoglycemic headaches, can occur when you haven’t eaten for an extended period. These headaches are commonly triggered by low blood sugar levels and can be quite uncomfortable. In this article, we will explore the causes, location, symptoms, and effective treatment options for hunger headaches.

Can Hunger Cause Headaches?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, hunger can cause headaches. Hunger headaches are often caused by low blood sugar levels, also known as hypoglycemia. When you go for long periods without eating, your body’s glucose levels drop, leading to various symptoms, including headaches.

Where Is A Hunger Headache Located?

The location of a hunger headache often occurs at your temples or the back of your head and neck.

What Does A Hunger Headache Feel Like?

A hunger headache feel like a tight squeeze around your head, similar to a vice grip, on both sides of your head. While the pain is usually moderate, you should eat something to get rid of the pain. You may find the pain similar to the pain of a tension headache.

Hunger Headache Symptoms

Common symptoms of hunger headaches include:

  • fatigue
  • a pulsating/squeezing headache
  • abdominal pain
  • dizziness

Why Does Hunger Cause Headaches?

The primary cause of hunger headaches is an imbalance in blood sugar levels. When you skip meals or delay eating, your body’s glucose supply decreases, triggering the release of stress hormones that can lead to headaches.

How Long For Hunger Headaches To Go Away?

Hunger headaches usually go away 30 minutes after eating something. Fresh fruits, brown rice/noodles are really helpful for your hunger headache to go away!

Remedies To Get Rid Of Hunger Headaches

Common hunger headache remedies include:

  • Eating something quick
  • A balanced diet
  • Drink lots of water
  • Seeking medical advice:

You should also opt for complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats to provide sustained energy and prevent rapid fluctuations in blood sugar. Incorporate whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean sources of protein into your diet. Avoid caffeine or alcohol which may potentially trigger headache or migraine symptoms too. In addition, proper hydration is crucial for overall health to get rid of hunger headaches. Proper hydration also prevents dehydration headaches too.

Tracking Hunger Headaches

In Migraine Buddy, you can track whether your headaches correlate to hunger. While this is not definitive, this can help you better assess any patterns in your hunger headaches you can make changes too. If you noticed that your headaches often happen when you skipped meals, it means that it’s time to make some lifestyle changes!

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