How Migraine-Sensitive Brains are Different

Recent medical research has shown that the brains of migraine-sensitive people are structurally different from the brains of non-migraine-sensitive people. In 2007, Dr. Nouchine Hadjikhani at Harvard conducted brain scan research at Massachusetts General Hospital which found a that the brains of migraine sufferers are different in the region of the somatosensory cortex that processes signals from the head, face, and teeth. This region of the brain is shown in darker blue below.


The area of migraine-sensitive brains that is most different than non-migraine-sensitive brains is within the region shown above


How Nighttime Clenching Triggers Migraines in Migraine-Sensitive Brains

When a person clenches his or her teeth at night, signals stream through the trigeminal nerve into the somatosensory cortex, so this sensitive region of the migraine-sensitive brain is being "used" all night, rather than resting and coming into balance with the rest of the brain.


Non-migraine-sensitive brains can handle this, but migraine-brains often cannot. The rush of signals streaming from the roots of the teeth to the somatosensory cortex often set up a condition in the brains of migraine-sensitive people that leaves the brain open to having a migraine triggered. The streaming of signals at night often does not pull the trigger to start the migraine, but rather is more like cocking the hammer on a "migraine gun" in your head, and later conditions such as light or sound or a temperature change pull the trigger and the migraine starts.


Once a migraine starts, the oxygen-usage patters of the rain shift radically. The image below from one of Dr. Hadjikhani's studies shows the difference in oxygen usage pattern in the brain of a person having a migraine, compared to the brain of a person not having a migraine.


Migrain vs. non-migrains oxygen useage in brain
Brain on right (having migraine) is using oxygen much differently form non-migraine brain on left


Preventing Migraines Through Nighttime Biofeedback


The SleepGuard biofeedback headband can partner with you to prevent migraines. When you wear the headband while you sleep, each time the biofeedback headband senses muscle EMG that indicates that you are clenching, it makes a quiet sound. Most people can learn within a few days to instinctively stop clenching when they hear the sound in their sleep. Because the sound starts very quietly, most people can learn to respond without waking up. Once you instinctively relax when you hear the sound, this stops the stream of signals into the somatosensory cortex that would have set up the conditions for a migraine. So the "migraine gun" in your brain never gets cocked and conditions during the day won't set off a migraine.


Doing a couple of minutes of practice responding to the biofeedback each day while awake helps enable quick and cooperative response in sleep, enabling you to drastically reduce your nighttime clenching and thus prevent migraines.


Woman wearing SleepGuard biofeedback headband while sleeping
The SleepGuard biofeedback headband detects when you clench in your sleep and makes a gentle sound to remind you to relax.


Everyone Deserves A Way Out Of Pain


As far as we know, the SleepGuard biofeedback headband is not only the most effective tool in the world for getting rid of migraines, jaw pain, and TMJ pain, it is also the only product in the world that addresses the root cause of these symptoms and can be tried for free, so order yours today, and look forward to waking up pain-free, and feeling good all day.


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