Reading is something we all do on a daily basis. Many people will spend a large portion of their day working at a computer screen or reading through documents, while others might spend their free time curling up with a book or a magazine, or surfing the internet and reading web-based text.
The bottom line is, whether we’re working or resting, reading, for many of us, is an important part of our routine.
It goes without saying that practicing bad reading habits can take their toll on our eyesight, and make us more susceptible to headaches. And while pain associated with headaches is common and easily treatable with low level pain relief treatment such as ibuprofen, if they persist, there’s a chance we might be doing something wrong while performing our daily reading exercises.
So if you want to avoid headaches and putting unnecessary strain on your eyes, here are some basic principles to consider when sitting down at your computer desk, or getting comfortable at home with your latest book:
Choose a Readable Font
The shape, colour and size of the font you’re reading might be causing you to squint or put pressure on your vision, so ensure you’re comfortable reading the font in front of you. For instance, red on black is typically tough to read, and long strands of text written in a calligraphic style are going to be particularly taxing. If you’re able to change the style of a document to something you’re more comfortable with, ensure you do so. If the text in the book you’re reading is particularly small, see if there’s a version available in an alternative print.
Don’t Read in the Dark
Make sure, particularly if you’re reading in bed, that you have enough light to read in. Not only can reading in the dark cause headaches, it can be very harmful to your eyes, and result in severe lasting damage. So, it’s very important to always read in an illuminated room, or by the direct light of a reliable lamp.
Give Yourself a Break
Working and reading for long periods of time is more likely to induce headaches, so plan breaks away from the screen or your page, to give your eyes a rest. Try to take at least one ten minute break every hour or so. Occasionally, go for a short walk.
Keep a Drink Nearby
It’s easy to become engrossed in a piece of work and forget to keep ourselves hydrated, and this can obviously lead to headaches. You should always have a glass or a bottle of water close to hand, so you aren’t going for hours on end without hydrating yourself.
Get the Right Help
If reading and writing is making you suffer from headaches on a regular basis, then you might be suffering from eyestrain, and need prescription lenses to help. Those experiencing headaches and slight dizziness after reading for long periods should visit their local opticians for an eye test, or speak to their GP.
This article is written by Adam who needs prescription pain relief medication including Co-Codamol for various conditions he has, including headaches. Unfortunately he sustained a cycling injury which he is currently recovering from.