Is playing video games giving you or your kids headaches? The causes of headaches can range from mundane to serious, but these headaches shouldn’t be ignored, or else you’re more likely to suffer serious consequences.
Here are some of the causes of video game headaches and what you should do about them.
Fatigue and Dehydration
If you only get headaches after playing video games for prolonged periods of time, you may just be experiencing fatigue or dehydration, two of the most common causes of all headaches. The solution to these headaches is easy: take more breaks, drink more water, and spend less time playing video games.
Another problem that can cause headaches is motion sickness. With many games, especially first person shooter (FPS) games, the perspective can move around in such a way that your it confuses your body’s sense of motion. Basically, your eyes are telling your body that it’s moving, but your ears and your body’s own sense of itself are telling you that you’re staying still. You’ll probably also experience dizziness and maybe nausea.
There are a number of solutions. First, make sure your gaming environment is appropriately lit. Then try playing in short sessions. You might try dramamine, an effective motion sickness medication that’s available over-the-counter. If that doesn’t work, you may have to give up the offending games.
TMJ and Stress-Related Headaches
If you notice that your headaches are worse after particularly challenging, frustrating, or exciting parts of the game, you might be suffering from TMJ-mediated stress headaches. During stressful moments playing games, you might be clenching your jaw, and your jaw muscles pass their stress on to muscles in your head and neck, which can trigger headaches.
Epilepsy and Photosensitivity
Some people with epilepsy are photosensitive and may experience seizures when playing video games or watching TV. Headaches can be a warning sign that a seizure is coming on, or it can be an aftereffect of seizures. Not all seizures are obvious, and you may be experiencing them without being aware.
If taking a few simple steps don’t cure your video game headaches, you should talk to your doctor.
Many headaches are related to TMJ. If you suspect TMJ might be to blame for your headaches in Columbia, SC, please call (803) 781-9090for an appointment with a TMJ dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.