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I don't know how long this blog is going to be, but I feel
like it's going to be short. And I say that, because I can feel the onset of a
headache coming on. And whenever I feel that way, I use my tried and true
method of getting rid of a headache. No, not "take 2 aspirin and call me in the
morning". It's more fun and effective than medicine. No, it's not some ancient
Chinese secret involving acupuncture and manipulating my Qi (or Chi, whichever
you prefer). It's much simpler.
I'm going to play video games.
I think sometimes scientists and doctors are so busy trying
to figure out if video games have an adverse effect on people they fail to see
the benefits of playing them. Now most of us would probably agree that video
games are a great outlet to relieve stress or help with depression, and I would
agree. But I'm more interested in the physical benefits of playing video games.
How does playing a
video game cure a headache?
Perhaps I'm the only one who has had this happen, but I
doubt it. More times than not, if I have a headache I can go play video games
and within minutes it will be gone. Heck, sometimes I can take medicine and it
not work, certainly not that fast. Now, from what I've read, headaches are
caused by all sorts of conditions. According to this website, there
are over 2 dozen different types of headaches. I'm not about to read all of
them and see how they're different and what causes them, or how to cure them. All
I know is, of the headaches I've had, if I play video games they go away. Am I
the only one who's ever cured a headache playing video games? I don't know how
or why it works, I just know it does work...for me anyways. Now, some might say
it's because you're taking your mind off of it by playing the games. Maybe. But
nothing else seems to do the trick. Not watching movies or reading books or
listening to music. About the only other thing I have found that comes close is
just going to sleep. There's something about playing video games that makes the
headache go away.
How does playing a
video game cure exhaustion?
How many of you come home from work or school and you're dog
tired. You basically walk in the front door, sit down on the couch and you just
want to pass out for a few hours? But you can't. You have to eat dinner, spend
time with the family, do the work you brought home with you...but you're so
exhausted you can't think much less do anything about it. You try watching
television, but you doze off. You try moving around, maybe even exercise a
little bit...but nothing seems to work. You douse cold water on your face, pinch
yourself, go outside and get some fresh air. But you're so exhausted the only
thing that can cure your eyes from closing is sleep...and playing video games. It's
almost scary how effective playing video games can invigorate and revitalize
you. I have been so exhausted before and nothing will wake me up. Not coffee.
Not slapping myself in the face. Not running in place for a few minutes. Not
watching TV. Nothing. Until I start playing video games. I've stood plenty of
12-hour mid-watches and the only thing that got me through was playing video
games, either on my cell phone or on a work computer.
How does playing a video game cure cravings / hunger pains?
Some nutrition experts say the key to dieting is portion
control - don't eat so dang much. But man when those cravings hit, what are you
supposed to do. I know what I do...I stand there with the fridge or pantry door
open for 10-15 minutes trying to figure out what I can graze on. Isn't it
amazing what you resort to eating will when you're too lazy to actually just
prepare a meal? I haven't resorted to eating a package of Ramen raw, but have
known several who have. About the only thing that will cure those cravings
besides ingesting the last Oatmeal Pie, the chip dust in the bottom of the bag,
and/or a handful of olives fished out of the jar with your fingers is...yup, you
guessed it...playing more video games.
There's just something about playing video games. It cures
headaches, wakes you up and keeps you from eating uncontrollably more so than
any other media or activity...at least for some of us (or perhaps just me). If
scientist and doctors want to do something useful, develop a diet plan that has
you playing video games to curb those cravings.
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING:
Playing an excessive amount of video games
has caused headaches, sleep deprivation and eating disorders in some laboratory
Y'all have a great night.
I agree that playing video games can help with headaches on occasion, and I will sometimes play video games and then feel less exhausted later. I think the key thing for solving this though is just finding something that is relaxing to you. I know that many of the headaches I get is from stress, and so video games can be an antidote for that.
Games are definitely good at keeping me awake, probably something to do with the fact that games take physical and mental cooperation.
My headaches however cannot be cured by video games, it mostly just makes them worse because of the light and noise. Diff'rent strokes I guess.
Agreed. Video games are some mighty good medicine if I must say so myself. And I can't even begin to think of a better stress reliever than video games, although I do believe it depends on what kind of game you're playing. For example, I can play Harvest Moon or Pikmin, or any Sims game for hours and completely forget things that would normally have my blood pressure through the roof.
I frankly don't know what I would do if there were no video games. I guess I'd read or draw more. Nice blog!
Coming from someone who used to suffer from frequent headaches and migraines, and had to see different doctors and specialists do to their abnormal frequency, one of the best ways to distract from the pain is by playing video games. Just don't play Portal, or you'll get more of a headache than before.
I use video games to keep me awake all the time. My wife is ill and I like to keep an eye on her for awhile into the night so I use video games to keep me awake, pausing every so often to check on her and the kids.
Headaches, they help as well. For me the reason being is high stress. The video games takes my mind off the stress and headaches go away along with it! Unless it's already turned into one of my horrible migraines, then please leave that TV and the light off >.<
Yeah, the keeping you from having to pass out thing is certainly true. That's why it's so "easy" to do gaming marathons as well. It's just so...exciting I guess.
Interesting. It's good to see there's a flip side to playing games; I have two friends who can't play too many FPS's because it gives them awful headaches and even nausea. I hadn't really heard of people playing games to relieve headaches as well. Maybe that TF2 doctor is on to something :p
What quasi said...
I wish this worked for me because I tend to get a lot of headaches. The best thing that seems to work for me personally is to take a few Ibuprofen and then a nap. I might try this sometime though. Thanks for the information :)