How to Stop a Brain Freeze

Brain FreezeHow many times have you found yourself with a delicious cold beverage or ice cream and before you know it, you can’t enjoy it anymore because of a brain freeze? Are you eating or drinking too fast? Did it touch the wrong part of your mouth? Who cares! All you want to know is how to get rid of the brain freeze as quickly as possible.

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What Causes a Brain Freeze?

Above the roof of your mouth, you have a bunch of blood vessels that send blood into your brain. When something really cold touches the roof of your mouth, those blood vessels react and try to protect your brain by keeping it warm. The blood vessels widen rapidly in order to allow more blood to flow into your brain. Increased blood flow equals a warm brain. The problem is, the blood vessels are filled with very sensitive nerves. So, when they expand quickly, you feel it in your head. Hence, a brain freeze. Which sucks.

How Can You Stop it from Happening?

If the cause of a brain freeze is the rapid cooling of the roof of your mouth, the most obvious remedy would be trying to keep the roof of your mouth warm. Here are 5 tips to stop a brain freeze:

  1. Eat or Drink Slowly – The best idea might be to stop a brain freeze before it happens. In order to do that, you have to make sure you don’t suddenly bombard your mouth with cold food or drink. So, make sure you take your time, take small bites, and eat or drink the cold stuff slowly so your mouth has time to adjust.

  2. Drink Something Warmer – If you know that you’re prone to brain freezes, it might be a good idea to have something a little warmer to drink with you while you’re having some cold food or drink. You probably shouldn’t have scalding hot coffee with your ice cold popsicle, but a room-temperature glass of water would be good. Then, if you start to feel a brain freeze coming on, take a quick drink to calm those blood vessels.

  3. Place the Bottom of Your Tongue or Thumb on the Roof of Your Mouth – This is similar to drinking something warmer, but you don’t need anything extra. You just need a tongue and/or thumb. If you feel the brain freeze sneaking up on you, fold your tongue over and put it on the roof of your mouth. Or, you can use your thumb in the same capacity. This just puts something warmer up there so your blood vessels don’t go crazy. The bottom of your tongue will obviously be warmer, because the top of your tongue was exposed to the same cold temperature as the roof of your mouth. If you’re in public, the bottom of the tongue is recommended. Unless you want everyone to see you shoving your thumb into your head.

  4. Make a “Hand Mask” – Cover your mouth and nose with your hands, and breathe in and out quickly. What ends up happening is the cold air gets cleared out, and warm air starts to fill your mouth, which warms up the roof. Again, if you’re in public, this might not be the best method. People might think you’re having a serious problem. I’m sure the paramedics will be thrilled to hear you just had a brain freeze.

  5. Wait it Out – If all else fails, you might just have to wait it out. Brain freezes usually last only a few seconds. Those few seconds may seem like an eternity, but try to be patient. The pain will subside.

As they say, different strokes for different folks. Some of these methods may not work for you, but give them all a shot. Hopefully one of them will help you. If not, number 5 pretty much has a 100% success rate. So, let us know how these tips work for you, and if you have another tried-and-true method that you can share with the world, please let us know in the comments below.

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