How To Reduce Headaches When Reading & Other Avid Reader Symptoms

Reading several books a month can take you on many different journeys. Your imagination can run wild, filling your head with vivid daydreams. However, having those interrupted by a splitting headache can put an uncomfortable end to your joy of reading. There are several symptoms which can generally be associated with avid reading, from migraines to eye strain, but there are an equal number of solutions that exist to tackle these issues too! Read on to uncover how to combat headaches when reading and other side effects associated with getting lost in a book for hours and hours.

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Create The Right Environment

Creating the right reading environment is one of the most important steps that you can take. Many side effects such as eye strain and headaches can be from something as simple as insufficient light. It’s a good idea to sit close to a window if you’re reading during the daytime or a lamp if you’re reading at night, as you need a bright source of light to properly illuminate the page. If it’s too dark then your eyes will need to exert more strength to try and focus on each word. This is what leads to pain and discomfort, so is best avoided. 


Visit An Optician Regularly 

Visiting an optician on a regular basis is another key step to reduce headaches when reading. A specialist eye optician knows how to spot the earliest warning signs of any potential issue, as well as being fully qualified to offer the best advice on how to tackle certain symptoms and scenarios. If you experience discomfort when reading, then your optician may suggest that you invest in a pair of reading glasses. Reading glasses, such as those available at, are curved inwards to help your eyes focus properly on objects which aren’t close to your face. 

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Take Regular Breaks 

Though it can be difficult to tear yourself away from a really good book, it’s important that you can take regular breaks to allow your eyes (and mind) to rest. Set a simple limit such as no more than 90 minutes at a time. If you need to, set an alarm on your phone so you know when to stop. Put down your book – without picking up your phone in the process – and just go easy for a little while. Head into your garden and take a breath of fresh air or go into the kitchen to make a hot mug of tea, then get back to your reading whenever you feel rested and ready! 

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It’s never been so simple to reduce headaches, migraines, eye strain and other symptoms associated with reading! Utilise the top tips and tricks detailed above to improve your reading experience.

Have you managed to find any foolproof ways of avoiding headaches when reading? Share below, and don’t forget to like and pin if you enjoyed this post! If you find yourself getting headaches from screens as well as reading then you may want to check out my review of these blue light blocking glasses – they’ve been a game-changer for me! You might also like the following posts:

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