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Day 23

Did I Just Meditate Away A Migraine?

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 42%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 36%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 19%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

I am a migraine suffer, I have had way less recently but sometimes they still manage to sneak in to my life.

I had one today and miraculously it went away after I meditated. I am not claiming a 20 minutes meditation session can cure a migraine, because this would be a massive claim, but this did happen to me today.

The connection between stress relief and meditation is pretty strong and has been documented regularly, and the same goes for migraines and stress, so it does make sense that regular meditation and being more mindful could be helpful for migraine suffers.

In 2014 19 adults participated in a study to see if meditation and mindfulness had an impact on the severity or duration of migraines. One group received standard medical care and the other group participated in Jon-Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR, which is an 8 week program that teaches people to be more mindful.

“The researchers found that the patients who completed the MBSR program tended to have 1.4 fewer headaches per month that were less severe.”

The results were not significant enough to prove that it wasn’t just by chance that the MBSR group had less migraines, but I hope they continue to research this subject. I know how insanely debilitating migraines can be and I am starting to understand how beneficial meditation and mindfulness can be for stress management, so I definitely think there is a connection that needs to explored further.

Today’s Meditation

20 minute Headspace

Today’s Brainwave Activity

brainwave data, meditation

Blue = Alpha waves, 42% (Day 1 was 47%) — this is the one I’m trying to increase.
Yellow = Beta waves, 36% (Day 1 was 34%)
Pink = Gamma waves, 19% (Day 1 was 19%)

Photo credit: Misty Pittman