Does 60 per cent of your wardrobe consist of striped tops? Same. But despite our love for this uber versatile tee, it could be wreaking havoc on your health.

Researchers at the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht in the Netherlands have found a link between severe headaches or migraines and parallel lines.

Participants of the study had small electrodes attached to their scalps and looked at various images. While looking at striped patterns, scientists observed an increase in activity in the brain called ‘gamma oscillations’, something that is associated with headaches, migraines and in extreme cases, epilepsy.

But don’t take this as a cue to put an end to your striped t-shirt addiction – many other everyday items could be causing you the same problem.

Dr Dora Hermes, a researcher said that with this research, architects should avoid “the types of visual patterns that can activate this circuit and cause discomfort, migraines, or seizures” when designing buildings. “Even perfectly healthy people may feel modest discomfort from the images that are most likely to trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy.”

So if you’re feeling some tension and the Panadol hasn’t kicked in it, step away from the stripes!

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