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Goodbye, Night Owl

If you know me, you know I love to sleep. Ever since I got on a regular sleep schedule and noticed what a profoundly positive effect it had on my health. (My daytime fatigue is all but gone these days, and I very rarely take naps, which used to be part of my daily routine.)

It’s hard sometimes needing to call it a night when friends are just getting rolling, but I never regret being cozy in my bed, tucked in a reading by my self-prescribed bedtime.

All that said, I sometimes miss the old life. When I was in my mid-20s and in graduate school, I was a super-duper night owl. I’d stay up til 3 AM on a regular basis, working on papers, playing on Myspace (remember Myspace?), reading, and goofing off. Usually I was up late by myself at home, but there were also the magical late-night get-togethers in Athens that brought me into nearby living rooms, drinking PBR while friends played guitar and sang. Though they weren’t regular occurrences, I miss the late-night dance parties down the street and I miss hanging out with my bartender friends til last call, waiting for a cab to arrive safely to take us home.

As I write this it strikes me that maybe what I miss is what a lot of people my age miss about being in their early- to mid-20s. Perhaps leaving these memories behind has more to do with my getting older than it does with my getting wiser in taking care of my migraines.

Whatever the case may be, I know that my migraines are better kept under control when I keep a regular sleep routine. Do I wish I’d had a better grasp on that concept when I was living my night owl life? Perhaps. But perhaps it wouldn’t have changed anything.

Are there things you miss, things you’ve given up or changed in order to take better control of your migraine? Or are there things you can no longer do because of the severity of your illness? Share here and let us know how you feel and how you cope with these lifestyle changes.

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  • Louise M. Houle
    8 years ago

    Over the years living with chronic migraine, I slowly gave up a lot of regular activities I enjoyed because it was too difficult to keep up with them. Too many cancellations. But I’m trying to reintegrate things that bring me great joy… doing them sometimes… even if I can’t all the time. It helps me feel happy, even though chronic migraine is hard to live with.

  • coyotewoman
    8 years ago

    I have had migraines since I was 8 years old, suffered all my life, I am now 53. The latest thing I have tried and has almost completely worked for me is Carlsons Chelated Glycinate Magnesium (180ct) and Taurine 500mg (an amino acid) I take 4 total magnesium a day, 2 morning and 2 night and 2 total taurine a day (1 morning and 1 night). Magnesium can be depleted in us, it also can help you sleep better. This particular brand of magnesium/glycinate also can help with depression. All I know is I started on this and it took awhile, and it seemed month after month I was better and better and now I hardly get a migraine and if I get something its mild. Now magnesium can give you loose bowels, which is one side effect, but for me I would rather put up with that than a migraine any day of the week, I have not tried lowering the dose because I know this dose works and I don’t want to jinx it. I would start out on this dose and lower it after your headache free if you want. But, Im sure you can relate I just don’t want a migraine so I don’t go lower. Now I do work with my foods, I beyond migraines, made a personal choice to stop eating processed food, and no nitrates, I think that these processed foods have more crap in them that my also contribute to our cause. At least cut out nitrates, buy chicken apple sausages and organic luncheon meats. I do try and eat organic as much as possible. I know it cab be hard but educate yourself on processed foods and chemicals and do your best to start eliminating these foods. I am a food addict so I know how hard it is. I would love to hear from anyone who tries this (give it 4 months minimum) and does well (or not). I’m curious if this would help other people. I took all the drugs, they stopped working, but my mission at this stage in my life is to go natural in foods, herbs, vitamins, oils, etc. I research all the time on healing my own issues. I have researched other things that I haven’t tried for migraines, that I haven’t tried that I could share. Migraines are a game of trying one thing at a time to find what works for you, and it took me a lifetime to find this, but hey, in my day we didn’t have all this blog and great internet research.

    (Edited by moderator to remove personal contact information. For your privacy and security, please do not post personal information such as email addresses and phone numbers.)

  • Erika Untch
    8 years ago

    Did you go to Ohio University? Ha! So did I. I lived there for three years post graduation, 7 years total. I have had migraines since age 24, and am now 36. My friends call me “granny” because I have so many “rules” that I need to follow for preventative purposes. Number one is definitely an early bedtime, no alcohol, no caffeine, chocolate, etc. You know the deal. It IS VERY DIFFICULT, but I have learned to make peace with it and find new things to enjoy.

  • Janet Geddis
    8 years ago

    Erika, I went to NYU for undergrad and UGA (Athens, Ga) for graduate school. Hooray for an Athens sister-city connection. 😉

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