AUTUMN can be a difficult time for many of Ireland's half-a-million migraine sufferers due to changing weather conditions.
As stormy weather is predicted this weekend, people with the condition are advised to be mindful of potential triggers.
"The relationship is probably to do with changes in pressure and humidity and so on," says Dr Edward O'Sullivan, director of the specialist Migraine/ Headache clinic in Cork and medical adviser to the Migraine Association of Ireland.
He warned: "In addition, the changing season may be a factor and factors such as 'seasonal affective disorder' (SAD) may also be important.
"This is particularly noticeable in the changeable weather conditions of October and November."
Experts point out that light and sleep habits are well-known influences on migraines and these can change with the seasons.
For more information on trigger factors and migraine management, you can call the Migraine Helpline: 1850-200-378 or visit www.migraine.ie