Almost everybody has suffered from head pain, so we’re giving migraine and headache sufferers—and the people who care about them—the latest insights on why head pain happens, how people around the world cope with it, and how to make it better.
--From the makers of Excedrin®
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Using findings from an IPSOS poll conducted in the United States, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, we’ve selected some unique and interesting insights from around the world about head pain.
These eight countries answered five major questions about what kind of head pain they deal with and how they handle it. Find out how respondents from different countries tackle their head pain.
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Stress is the most common trigger of headaches and migraines in several countries around the world, according to an international poll.
Too much or too little sleep, dehydration and weather are also cited as common triggers. The poll also revealed that, overall, people are three times more likely to suffer from headaches than from migraines.
Non-prescription, or over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief is the most common coping strategy in all countries surveyed.
The poll has also revealed differences between nations in the way people perceive and deal with head pain. From the countries surveyed:
- Finland is the country where fewest people said they suffer from migraines (10%).
- Poles are most likely to be headache sufferers (74%) and to attribute their head pain to weather (34%).
- Those from Sweden are most likely to attribute their head pain to stress (41%). They are also the most likely to drink water to make themselves feel better (25%) of any nation surveyed.
- United Arab Emirates citizens are the most likely to claim not to suffer any head pain (33%).
- Those from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are most likely to cite lack of or too much sleep as the main trigger for head pain (29%).
- Belgians are most likely to cite hormonal changes as a trigger for their head pain (10%). They are also the sufferers most likely to rest to make themselves feel better (24%).
- The Irish are most likely to attribute head pain to dehydration (15%).
ABOUT THE SURVEY:
This global survey was conducted February 24-27, 2017 in the United States and February 23-28, 2017 in all other countries on behalf of Excedrin. It surveyed more than 5,000 people in the USA, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.