Don't Go Into the (Green) Light?
There was a time when book reports were commonplace in my life. As somebody with huge attention issues, sitting down and getting those darn words to stay in place long enough to get through an entire book was quite the feat. I was, and am to this day, a visual learner. Visual mediums are how my brain retains information at the greatest capacity.
Pulling an all nighter
Anyhow, I needed to finish reading a book, and write for it the next day. English Language Arts weren’t my strongest strength, so naturally, I procrastinated until the night before. I stayed up all night reading some weird about shapeshifting centaur-aliens and secret government agencies trying to out them.
Using a green flashlight to read
This was before flashlights were built into our telephones. So, if I was to discretely read all night like a crazy person, I needed portable light. All I had at my disposal was a flashlight attachment to a Nerf blaster. It was green.
Is green light good for migraine?
I don’t know why Nerf thought green would make a good flashlight, or why I thought green would be a cool way to see the world hours after I finished the book. I finished it cover to cover but like everything was green. I don’t know the science behind it, but apparently, this guy did.
What does the research say about green light and migraine?
Research led by Rodrigo Noseda at Harvard Medical School looked at light sensitivity, known as photophobia, a common symptom of migraines. The research, published in 2016, found that green light is significantly less likely to exacerbate a migraine compared with other colors and, in some cases, can actually decrease the intensity of the headache. The group at Harvard has also shown that green light can "trigger positive emotions" during migraines, in contrast to colors like red, which are associated with negative feelings.1
Yes, There’s an experimental theory going around that green light can help migraineurs. Which is also a term for migraine suffers apparently. Was I on to something? Was my procrastinated English assignment before its time?
What about light sensitivity?
The article goes on to talk about how green light is the least likely to trigger migraines. That it actually has some positive properties.1 Which yes, I do find skeptical. The idea of using this as therapy is buck wild to me. Bright lights and sustained LED's are really bad for me. I mean, even when I was reading that book I distinctly remember feeling a headache after the whole ordeal. Probably from staying up all night if I’ll be honest.
Do your own research
I think it’s important to be open to possibilities of migraine therapy, especially ones that aren’t dangerous or involve needles. It’s more important, however, to look at SEVERAL places before coming to hard-hitting conclusions. I have come to the conclusion that I can be influenced easily. Doing my own research and thinking on my own has been a lifesaver
Can you tell when a migraine attack is coming?