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Help for Insomnia by cooling your head

Discussion in 'Sleep' started by SpecialK82, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. SpecialK82

    SpecialK82 Senior Member

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    This could be exactly what I need, I love putting an icebag on my head when I have a headache, it's so soothing, nows there is evidence that it can help insomnia.

    http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/17/tip-for-insomniacs-cool-your-head-to-fall-asleep/


    "The body's circadian clock, which regulates sleep and wakefulness, keeps the body at its warmest during the day and starts to lower body temperature in the evening to help us doze off. For those with insomnia, however, researchers found that the extra brain activity was keeping the brain too hot to sleep.

    When Buysse's group gave 12 insomniacs a cap to wear that contained circulating water at cool temperatures, they were able to get them to fall asleep almost as easily as people without sleep disorders."
  2. illsince1977

    illsince1977 A shadow of my former self

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    If I have a headache/migraine at bedtime I often use an icepack while trying to fall asleep. I can't say I've ever noticed it easing my insomnia. Wouldn't it be a wonderfully non-invasive solution if it did! ;) :headache:
  3. Cfswombat

    Cfswombat

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    I use an ice pack under my head and neck to sleep every time I lay down. I cannot settle without it. I freeze my icepaks then wrap them in velour towels to protect my skin. When my ice pak warms up, I wake up. I change them several times a night. I use them in the car to keep my head tempreture down as well. Last time I had surgery, I took them in with me to the hospital, and when the nurse could not get me to settle post operative,(my blood pressure and temp where up and out of control) hubby demanded they get my ice paks and I settled immediately.
    I hardly mention it, because, I think people think I am mad. lol
  4. illsince1977

    illsince1977 A shadow of my former self

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    Well, I'm intrigued and I'm going to try again. I will try to remember to report back here! That is if I can even remember to try this again and remember I wanted to notice whether or not my insomnia is lessened. Just not sure my experience means anything if I'm not willing to forgo my insomnia meds to test it out. Am I trying to deconstruct this too much? I don't think you're mad Cfswombat; I may be though!
  5. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    Love the ice packs - always in my freezer they are an essential when going to bed, cool my head down after a few minutes, I immediately start relaxing and I can then go to sleep. Wonder if its the brain inflammation that makes the tissues so warm and this just restores the temperature to the correct one?
  6. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

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    For most of my history with ME/CFS I have been addicted to having a fan on when I go to bed, even in winter. I rug up and let it blow on my face. I know some of that is white noise, but now I wonder if some of it is also the effect described in this thread. Of more concern I have a relative who is the same, addicted to a fan when sleeping. She is not currently sick, but it does make me wonder. Bye, Alex

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