NEW RESEARCH:

Remote Work Isn't Working for Americans with Migraine

Methodology: This study was conducted in August 2020 with a sample size of 478 and a margin of error of 4.28% at the 95% confidence level.

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Introduction

For Americans suffering from migraine, excessive screen time can significantly contribute to the frequency of migraine attacks. The recent COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated this problem as millions of workers have been sent home to work remotely.

Remote workers are spending many more hours per week in front of various screens than they did in the office, and not just for work. Computer screens have become the only portal into work. Former in-person meetings have become video conferences, and even texts and phone calls are being replaced by video calls to help keep business relationships alive. And, there are no longer co-workers nearby to take breaks with.

Moreover, screen time has also increased during personal time as well with more video calls with family and friends, homeschooling of kids, or bing-watching favorite TV shows during quarantine.

Across America, daily average screen time has increased dramatically in 2020.

Axon Optics, a global leader in developing eyewear to help people with symptoms of migraine and light sensitivity, recently commissioned an independent study of nearly 500 U.S. workers to better understand how the COVID-19 crisis and the shift to remote work has impacted the health of millions of American workers who suffer from migraines. This new study from Axon Optics shows how migraines are disturbing not just the professional lives of remote workers, but also their personal lives.

What are Migraines?

Migraine is a neurological condition that can cause multiple symptoms. Frequently characterized by intense, debilitating headaches, the symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with daily activities.

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Here's What We Found

Work is increasingly more difficult

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Nearly 40% of workers with migraine say they get more frequent headaches working remotely because their screen time has increased

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Over 60% of people with migraine want to return to work because it means less screen time than working from home

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Over 90% of workers with migraine are getting migraines up to 50% more often due to working from home

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68% of people with migraine prefer working from home because they can control their lighting

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24% of people with migraine say they have lost a job because they couldn’t perform their duties due to headaches

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35% of people with migraine have attended a remote meeting from bed because of a headache

In case parenting wasn't hard enough...

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Over 40% of people with migraine say headaches separate them from their kids more than technology does

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53% of parents say they cannot care for their kids the way they want due to migraines

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Nearly 60% of parents say they feel guilt for missing kids’ events like recitals, graduations, sports etc due to migraines

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59% of parents say they would be a better parent if they didn’t suffer from migraines

People's perceptions of migraine are often flawed

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56% of people with migraine feel misunderstood by non-sufferers

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21% of non-migraine sufferers think that migraines aren’t as painful as people with migraine say they are

What do people without migraine think it's easy to do with a migraine?

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52% think it’s not hard to go to lunch with friends

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47% think it’s not hard to shop for groceries

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53% think it’s not hard to ride a bike

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41% think it’s not hard to do household chores

People without migraine don't get it: Some say that people with migraine fake pain to get out of:

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Going to work

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Household chores

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Having sex

Migraine puts a huge strain on relationships

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1 in 4 migraine sufferers say headaches have put a strain on their marriage

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15% of brides with migraine were miserable on their wedding day because they were fighting a migraine episode

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48% of men with migraine say they have cancelled a first date because they were fighting a migraine episode

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43% of women with migraine say they have cancelled a first date because they were fighting a migraine episode

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18% have lost friends due to migraines

More painful and challenging than most realize

How do migraine headaches compare?

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24% say a migraine is more painful than pinching a finger in a door

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21% say a migraine is more painful than a cavity

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17% say a migraine is more painful than a sprained ankle

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15% say a migraine is more painful than getting kicked in the groin

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On average, you would have to step on a lego 140 times to equal the pain of 1 migraine

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53% of people with migraine say they have struggled to safely operate a car during a migraine episode

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23% of people with migraine would rather get COVID-19 than get a severe migraine

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50% of people with migraine would rather get punched in the face than get a severe migraine

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47% of migraine sufferers say their quality of life is diminished because of headaches, but only 42% are aware that eyewear can help

Relief comes in different ways

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55% of people with migraine have used natural, drug-free migraine relief

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51% of people with migraine have prescription medication to treat migraine

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54% of migraine sufferers want to test CBD, but only 29% have

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65% of migraine sufferers keep their blinds closed even during the day to avoid light triggered migraines