I finally had a chance to have a good look at this book up at Borders bookstore today and I really like it. I also ordered a copy online yesterday which was the cheaper way to grab it. Anyway, I was only planning on thumbing through it but ended up sitting and speed reading the most interesting sections for 2 hours. It was VERY worthwhile to read. By going through it and hearing her point of view it really drove home some important points that I realise I just haven’t been following like I should be. I think there is much more that can be done for making lifestyle adjustments. The three things that stand out for me were:
Going to bed and waking at exactly the same time every day: I don’t do this like I should. I typically stay up too late online and then wake too early feeling tired. On the weekend I might stay up even later and then sleep in. This, according to Bernstein, is very bad news. So, starting this week I’m going to (as best I can) be in bed at 10.30 PM and up at 6.30 AM, no exceptions.
Exercise: while I do this here and there with walks up and down the coast and walk during the day, it’s not consistent and hasn’t been since earlier this year. By getting up at 6.30 AM I’m going to aim for a 30-40 min moderate-paced walk at least 5 days a week. Again, Bernstein says this is NOT optional. We have to get in 30 minutes a day, somehow.
Water: There’s two things here. She recommends drinking between 6 and 8 glasses a day, spaced throughout the day. I never took this seriously because, in general, there’s no evidence that drinking X number of glasses of water a day is beneficial for people. You drink when you’re thirsty. However, she points out that a migraine brain is sensitive to dehydration of any sort. So best to keep things well topped up all the time. Second, she says that most can enjoy alcohol if each drink is followed by a glass of water. It seems it’s the dehydrating effect of booze that causes the main problems the next day and not the alcohol (red wine not included).
Do you all think you’ve got the lifestyle aspect of this under control? I realised today that I just haven’t been good enough in this department and am really going to try and get this right to see if it makes a difference. She says it does and I believe her. I know I felt better last years when my exercise levels were more consistent.
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