Timing Trick ENDS Painful Headaches?
Sometimes I have to laugh at the term “modern medicine.”
Because so many conditions continue to baffle the mainstream that it often seems anything BUT “modern.”
Their inability to see the forest for the trees has caused conventional medicine to be primarily symptom- based.
Most doctors are so busy putting out symptom fires that they never stop to figure out the underlying CAUSE of a disease. And to be honest, I’m not sure they have any desire to change.
After all, the docs and the drug companies benefit from this arrangement. It’s just the patients that suffer.
Common complaints from chronic fatigue to skin conditions often fall into this category. Painful cluster and migraine headaches are other good examples.
But despite the prevalence of symptom-based medicine, we occasionally still get a “breakthrough,” even if sometimes it’s something I’ve been saying all along.
Today I want to focus on those excruciating headaches. Because, as it turns out, an issue I often write about is behind MANY of them.
And that means we ALREADY have a solution.
It’s a “Timing Trick” that could send many of these headaches packing.
A new study finds cluster and migraine headaches are strongly linked to circadian rhythm.
Now if you’re a regular reader, you know I write about circadian rhythm a lot. And that’s because it’s at the heart of our health and wellbeing.
Our bodies run on an internal 24-hour clock. This clock, or circadian rhythm, follows the sun.
All of your body’s normal functions… ranging from cellular repair to maintaining body temperature… are RULED by this master clock.
And many of the trappings of modern living – from our eating habits to staying up late staring at a backlit phone, computer, or TV screens – can wreak havoc with it.
The meta-analysis of headache studies uncovered a pattern. When researchers took a deeper dive into the data, they found…
- 16 studies show a circadian pattern in 71 percent of cluster headache attacks
- 8 studies show a similar pattern in 50 percent of migraine attacks
Cluster headaches associated with circadian rhythm peaked between 9 PM and 3 AM. And circadian-linked migraines were least likely to occur between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM.
When the researchers drilled further into the data, they uncovered even more evidence of the link between these headaches and our internal clocks.
They found specific core circadian genes were associated with the headaches. Cluster headaches were linked to LOW melatonin and HIGH cortisol levels. And migraines were associated with lower urinary melatonin levels.
More research needs to be done. But in the meantime, if you suffer from either of these headaches, resetting your circadian rhythm could cut down on the number of attacks.
Your circadian system is affected by meal timing. Humans are designed to eat during daylight hours – so, it’s best to eat breakfast with morning sun exposure and finish eating all meals before sunset.
Try to get lots of direct sunlight during the day. Aim for at least 30 minutes at sunrise, 30 during midday, and 30 sometime before sunset.
Finally, limit your exposure to blue light at night, which suppresses melatonin production. Invest in blue-light-blocking glasses to filter out light from smartphones, computers, and televisions in the evening.
P.S. Your circadian rhythm isn’t the ONLY potential headache trigger. If you battle them regularly, your body could be trying to tell you that you need MORE of one specific kind of food. CLICK HERE to discover the surprising answer.
“Circadian Features of Cluster Headache and Migraine: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Genetic Analysis,” Neurology Mar 2023, 10.1212/WNL.0000000000207240; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000207240
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