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While many people are excited about the time change that brings longer days and warmer days, I am not among them. My Doctor from the Mayo Clinic says that my Hemiplegic Migraine react to circadian rhythms.
Well, what is a circadian rhythm? The “body clock,” is a cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep, rise, eat—it regulates many physiological and neurological processes.
So what does this mean for me? It means that one hour of sleep that everyone is loosing can send my “migraine brain” into a tailspin. It can mean an increase of number and/or increase of intensity. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
This change in time does not just effect people with Migraine. People with many other chronic illnesses experience an increase in symptoms as well.
Want to know more about circadian rhythm and migraines? Check out this article from The Cleveland Clinic: How ‘Springing Forward’ Impacts Headaches
For more information on how to make the transition easier, check out these 5 tips for surviving the time change.