It’s Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to see his shadow, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. This is particularly challenging for those of you who suffer from winter migraines and headaches.

The reasons why migraines can increase with changes in the weather are not clear. Some researchers suggest that changes in oxygen levels, temperature, barometric pressure, and even humidity may affect blood vessels associated with migraine occurrence in some sufferers.

It is also thought that migraines may increase with depression and that depression rates increase in the winter. A current hypothesis being researches is that vitamin D deficiency may be involved both in depression and migraines.

Vitamin D levels seem to drop as migraine frequency increases. A study presented at one of the National Headache Society meetings stated that close to 42% of chronic migraine sufferers are deficient in vitamin D.

This percentage may actually be much higher if you use the optimal vitamin D level of 50 ng/ml as the goal, instead of the 25 ng/ml level used by most physicians.

Also, since we tend to get less exposure to sunlight during the winter months, vitamin D levels may drop even further.

Since Vitamin D is associated with many health benefits in addition to bone health, taking at least 1000 IU of vitamin D-3 daily is beneficial. Optimally, when your doctor checks your vitamin D levels you’ll be in the 50-70 ng/ml range.

Staying warm and hydrated during the winter months may help with migraines. Make sure your head, neck, and hands are covered.

Irregular sleep patterns are also associated with migraines. In addition, try to keep the humidity in your bedroom up; dry air can affect breathing and oxygen levels, which may trigger migraines in some people.

Finally, for those of you who experience chronic migraines, consider MigreLief’s daily nutritional support containing magnesium, riboflavin, and Puracol® feverfew; ingredients shown to be very beneficial for chronic migraine sufferers.  For “as-needed” nutritional support, consider MigreLief-NOW.

More information on Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Day is a popular day celebrated in North America where the end of winter is predicted based on seeing whether or not a groundhog sees his shadow when he emerges from his den.  If the animal sees its shadow—i.e., if the weather is sunny, 6 more weeks of winter is expected, if no shadow i.e., if the weather is cloudy, winter is over.

Groundhog day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition or holiday of Candlemas.  According to an old English rhyme:

“If Candlemas Day is clear and bright
Winter will have another bite.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter is gone and will not come again.”

In Germany, people would apparently test this theory by checking if a hedgehog or a badger saw its shadow when waked.  When German immigrants came to America and settled in Pennsylvania, they brought their tradition with them but the people doing the predicting decided to go with groundhogs (also called woodchucks) instead.  Every year on Feb 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, will be coaxed from his burrow in western Pennsylvania early in the morning, if it’s sunny and Phil sees his shadow, the scared groundhog will return to his burrow and the U.S. will endure six more weeks of winter.

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