Speaking to a real life doctor was an absolute privilege. We couldn’t thank Dr Munro enough for the time she took to talk to us about the power colours have to make our life better. Here’s what she had to say…
What is your speciality?
“My background is a general practitioner. But several years ago, I decided that I would specialise more in headaches. And so, I joined the National Migraine Centre as a headache specialist GP. I find it very rewarding to work in that way.”
How many people suffer from migraine?
“It's incredibly common. About 1 in 7 people suffer from migraines. And three times as many women have them than men.”
How many people do you treat at the migraine centre?
“It's increasing all the time, especially since lockdown. We can do video and telephone consultations, so we have a much longer time to talk to patients. They can really tell us what their triggers are and how they're impacted by their migraine. Then we can work out the best treatment for them.”
What do migraines actually do?
“Migraines are a genetic condition. The genes you've inherited make your brain easily irritated. Either by internal changes through your hormones, blood sugar levels or stress. Or external changes like stuffy rooms, light or getting really heated. The brain then starts to produce pain. Some people experience visual disturbances, slurring or dizziness, others get tingling in their arms and legs. Even after a few days people still feel groggy.”
What colours trigger migraines?
“Sensitivity is one of the key things that we ask patients about, such as light sensitivity and colour sensitivity. A vivid patch of colour next to darker surroundings can trigger migraines. Or things like spots and zigzags, stripes.”
What do you think of migraine friendly colours?
“It’s all about keeping the brain calm. Colours of nature, like greens or the blue colour palette will really help. People with migraines should consider a range of colours that’s going to be gentle on their brain.”
And finally, what is your favourite colour?
“Green. Definitely. It's always been green for a long time.”
We are incredibly proud of the study and collaboration with the National Migraine Centre. It was a pleasure speaking to Dr Munro and getting her input on the survey.
Colour can truly have a positive effect on our health, as well as our homes. We hope what you hear on the podcast helps you too!
Here’s our guide to choosing migraine-friendly colour palettes for your home.