Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You and Your Team.

Learn More →

Prevention of Turtle Headache

Prevention of Turtle Headache To the Editor.— The role of cooling the head in causing a person to burrow beneath the covers at night, with ensuing hypoxia and turtle headache on waking, merits the comments of Jean Bonner.1 I agree that light (glare) is not the only reason for turtling.2 Maintenance of body warmth certainly needs emphasis in relation to the prevention of such muscle contraction, or mixed migraine-muscle contraction headaches. Use of a nightcap was suggested as a therapeutic measure. However, protecting only the head from chilling is probably not adequate. If the legs are cold, the muscles all over the body contract to generate heat. The skeletal musculature is the furnace of the body. If a person is extremely chilled, shivering cannot be stopped. I recommend an electric blanket at night, set at the temperature that the person prefers. Even in the hot summer months, an electric blanket is frequently http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Prevention of Turtle Headache

JAMA , Volume 251 (2) – Jan 13, 1984

Prevention of Turtle Headache

Abstract



To the Editor.—
The role of cooling the head in causing a person to burrow beneath the covers at night, with ensuing hypoxia and turtle headache on waking, merits the comments of Jean Bonner.1 I agree that light (glare) is not the only reason for turtling.2 Maintenance of body warmth certainly needs emphasis in relation to the prevention of such muscle contraction, or mixed migraine-muscle contraction headaches. Use of a nightcap was suggested as a therapeutic measure.
However,...
Loading next page...
 
/lp/american-medical-association/prevention-of-turtle-headache-PuT51wxW09
Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1984 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1984.03340260024011
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

To the Editor.— The role of cooling the head in causing a person to burrow beneath the covers at night, with ensuing hypoxia and turtle headache on waking, merits the comments of Jean Bonner.1 I agree that light (glare) is not the only reason for turtling.2 Maintenance of body warmth certainly needs emphasis in relation to the prevention of such muscle contraction, or mixed migraine-muscle contraction headaches. Use of a nightcap was suggested as a therapeutic measure. However, protecting only the head from chilling is probably not adequate. If the legs are cold, the muscles all over the body contract to generate heat. The skeletal musculature is the furnace of the body. If a person is extremely chilled, shivering cannot be stopped. I recommend an electric blanket at night, set at the temperature that the person prefers. Even in the hot summer months, an electric blanket is frequently

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 13, 1984

There are no references for this article.