Icing That Migraine

So a lot of people I know get excruciating migraines in the Washington, D.C. area. 


I don’t know the statistical incident rate here for migraines, but anecdotally it seems significantly higher.


Is it the weather patterns, pollution, toxic chemicals or something else in this geographic area?


While medicine seems to be critical in actually getting rid of the migraine, I do notice that sustained use of ice packs or freezing water on the head also seems to help. 


Cold generally constricts the blood vessels, so I am not sure why this provides migraine relief.


Note: I am not giving medical advise or guidance to anyone, but just sharing my experiences. 


I would be interested to see a medical study done on treating migraines with freezing cold–from my experience, I think it definitely helps.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Insomnia Hurts Like Hell

Insomnia

Insomnia is a horrible ailment that many people suffer with and they do this in the dark and in silence. 


Because when the rest of the world is sleeping, you are lying in bed like a log awake–and not sure how you going to get to sleep or stay awake the next day.


What follows are sleepless nights, sometimes groggy days, and anxiety about even going to bed at night. 


How do I know this?


I’ve been battling insomnia since my hip’s deteriorated painfully, and I had a number of hip replacement surgeries, and a lengthy recovery process, including lots of swimming. 


Despite melatonin, warm baths, and even some sleeping meds, my nights were filled with plenty of staring at the ceiling alternating with tossing and turning in bed. 


I was almost at the point of giving up hope on being able to sleep normally again, and then something occurred to me. 


Stop the meds and just pray!


Over a few days I weaned off the sleep meds, and was feeling really crappy and headachy. 


But the real difference was when I got into bed, I remembered and recited the prayers of my youth from before bedtime. 


And I added for G-d to please help me sleep normally again.


The very first night…I slept perfectly!


Now, it’s been three nights in a row–in Judaism, we call that a chazakah (something that is established). 


I am so grateful to G-d for returning me to restful sleep-filled nights–thank you Hashem!


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)