I have a Brain Itch…

I have a problem with sleeping at night, and I have had this problem for quite a while now.  The problem is…I can’t sleep because songs get stuck in my brain.

One of the terms for this condition is called  Brain Itch…the other name is…Earworms…YUCK!

The good news is 90% of us have had this happen to us at one time or another.  At first I thought it was nice to wake up singing a song every morning,  but over the years it has become a roadblock to being able to get a good nights sleep.

And in my never ending desire to be as as healthy as possible I did some investigation into the earworm/brain itch problem.  This what I found out.

Mainly Women have this problem……(Great I can’t do anything about that!)  

   Next comes musicians…duh!…( that makes sense.)

  Then comes people who are stressed….or tired…yep that’s me…or neurotic…

(OMG! do I need to worry about this too!)

Researchers aren’t sure why this happens.  But they think it has something to do with our auditory cortex.

  For some reason a song gets stuck in our brains that causes a cognitive itch or a brain itch.  The brain has a need to fill in the gaps in a song’s rhythm.  In other words…the brain kept singing the song long after the song had ended.

Then our brains like to scratch the itch by repeating the song over and over again until it is stuck in a unending cycle.  The old….. the more you scratch the more you itch problem.

Some researchers think that songs are like thoughts that we are trying to suppress.  The harder we try not to think about them, the more we think about it.

Others think that it just the brains way to keep it’s self busy when in idle mode. 

Now that I understand the problem….. how do you get rid of it?

The bad news is, there is no simple way of getting rid of the problem…..

 ( Great!… not what I wanted to hear.) 

   Once a song gets stuck in your head it might be there for a few hours or a few days…(I personally have an Adele song that has been running almost non stop for about a week now)…

Thanks Adele, you can stop now...

There are a few things you can try to stop the insanity.

1.   Sing another song.      ( I need to do this, because I’m really getting tired of what is playing in my brain right now!)

2.  Switch to something that keeps you busy like working out.  ( But I need to listen to music when I work out, how is that going to help?)

3  Make sure you listen to a song all the way through.  ( this drove Mozart crazy, people would tease him by playing a song half way and then stopping.  Mozart would come running into the room and finish the song)

4.  Turn off the music.  (easier said, then done)

5.  Share the song with a someone.  ( And then laugh like hell.. to yourself when you hear them  humming the tune.)

6.  Imagine the earworm crawling out of your head and then stomping on it! 

I’m sure there are many more cures than this.  I would like to know if anyone out there has a found something that works for them for their brain itch/ earworm problem.

But for now I will leave you with a few songs that have driven  me crazy…. I think number one  for most people is

…..It’s a small world after all…it’s a small world after all….it’s a small world after all…it’s a small..small…world…..

Beware, they look cute, but they are evil!

Number two that drives me crazy is….Stop…Stop…Stop all the music…give me time to breath….Stop… Stop… Stop all the music or I’ll have to leave……Maybe this is the name I should have  entitled this post…it does say it all….



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  1. I had never heard of this problem! Sounds like it could be really annoying!
    I just stopped by from SITS to say hello; hope you find the time to do the same..

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