We have all been there. As you wake up the next morning from a night out, you reach over and shut off the alarm that’s ringing sounds like a million bombs going off in your ears. Last night was fun, probably a little too fun, and now you are hungover and are faced with the monumental task of getting through the work day. Do you call in sick and risk catching trouble from your boss, or do you suck it up and slump through your day?

Hangovers, especially those from excessive drinking, cost the economy an estimated $249 billion per year according to the CDC. This is not only due to people calling in sick, but also trying to come in hungover and not working as productively as they usually do. So it is true that hangovers can cause a big issue, but what if I told you that researchers have come up with a new treatment that works just as well as that Tylenol you reach for. Researchers at the New York Headache Center have discovered that music may be able to help you get over that hangover and get out of bed.

Man with a hangover, sitting on his bed.

Music Soothes the Savage Beast

The researchers have found that music works just as well as Tylenol for any kind of pain. This works by helping to distract us from the pain as well as lifting our mood.

Less research has been done directly on hangovers, but they are often compared to migraines, which have been studied more. Researchers have discovered that vibrations from bass heavy music such as dubstep, heavy metal, and electronic dance music work well to treat pain for migraine headaches.

Music can also help to combat nausea associated with hangovers, which would also help improve your productivity.

Change Your Habits

Unfortunately, although music will help, it’s not really a hangover cure. Instead, the best cure is prevention–avoiding drinking to excess and developing hangovers in the first place.

In a similar way, it’s important to identify migraine triggers and seek to avoid them. If you don’t keep a headache journal, it’s a good idea to start.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a migraine trigger that many people do not recognize. If you are unable to pin down the cause of your migraines or if medical treatments aren’t working for your migraines, a TMJ dentist may be able to help. To learn if TMJ treatment in Denver can help your headaches, please call (303) 691-0267 for an appointment at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado.