When you鈥檙e shivering under your covers and there are inches of snow waiting for you outside, it鈥檚 easy to toss your daytime plans out the window and binge watch these聽10 new shows and movies. And if you鈥檙e a chronic headache sufferer, you鈥檙e probably very familiar with the cozy feel of a dark聽room and minimal noise. The only problem with this hermit聽strategy? It鈥檚 definitely not helping you get聽enough vitamin D, something researchers now think could have major effects on your health.

According to a new study published in聽Scientific Reports, a聽vitamin D deficiency could聽increase your risk of chronic headaches. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland studied 2,600 Finnish men between the ages of 42 and 60 and discovered men with low vitamin D levels (below 50 nmol/l) were two times more likely to suffer from chronic headaches than men with the highest levels of the vitamin. They also found that the subjects鈥櫬爎eported instances of chronic headaches shot up from November to May, AKA the聽gloomy聽winter months. Though these results聽have yet to be studied in聽women who suffer from chronic headaches, they lead the way聽for promising new research that could finally nix your stubborn headache pain once and for all.

In the meantime, getting your vitamin D is as easy as stepping outside and letting the sun grace your bare skin. If you鈥檙e聽not quite聽ready to give up your cozy bedroom hangs or you always slather on sunblock (which blocks the UVB rays that help your body produce vitamin D) before you leave the house,聽The Vitamin D Council聽suggests that you take vitamin D supplements. You can also find vitamin D in聽your food, like egg yolks, fortified cereals and fortified milk, though The Vitamin D Council warns that聽the vitamin levels in these products are too low to be your聽only source.

Of course, you should always talk with your doctor before you embark on any major lifestyle or dietary changes. And no, we don鈥檛 mean聽Dr. House or Dr. Meredith Grey!

How are you getting plenty of聽sunshine during the winter months? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!

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