You Might Be Able to Alleviate Hangover Headache Pain With Relaxing Music

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You Might Be Able to Alleviate Hangover Headache Pain With Relaxing Music

The throbbing pain in your brain might be the worst part of a nasty hangover. Before you have some hair of the dog, try throwing on your favorite relaxing tunes instead.

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There’s been a lot of research that suggests music is capable of relieving the pain associated with migraine headaches and other ailments, so Tom Barnes at Mic asked some experts if music could help with the crappy feeling of being hungover. Dr. Alexander Mauskop of the New York Headache Center told Barnes that music it could be as good as popping some medicine:

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We have good proof that music works for pain of any kind. There is no reason to think that hangovers would be any different. It’s not as powerful as morphine, but it might be as good as Tylenol.

Furthermore, Dr. Lynn Webster, the former president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and current VP of Scientific Affairs for PRA Health Sciences, suggests that music can soothe your hangover through mental distraction (as long as it’s relaxing to you):

I would think of a hangover as similar to migraines in the sense that you don’t want anything too sharp, too loud. But if it can distract you, it theoretically is going to offer you some relief. People who really like music or like certain types of music or musicians, if they were in pain and they could get access to that type of music, there would be a memory that they would recruit and impart experience. Both of those would have an additive effect on their ability to displace and drown out the pain loop they’re experiencing.

While there have been no definitive psychological studies conducted on this exact subject, the evidence for music as pain relief is out there. If you’re really feeling your Friday night come Saturday morning, you might as well give it a shot. You can read more about alleviating your hangover with music at the link below.

These Are the Best Songs to Soothe Your Hangover According to Science | Mic via Mental Floss

Photo by Lisa Brewster.

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Why You Don’t Need To Be Able To Code To Build A Tech Startup

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The No. 1 piece of advice for non-technical startup founders? Get a co-founder who can code.

As featured on Inc.com, that one-size-fits-all formula didn’t suit Unroll.me co-founder Perri Gorman. The email management service came into existence thanks to four non-technical co-founders. In July, Unroll.me reached one million subscribers.

“I personally think that the idea you have to code is an investor-driven mentality,”Gorman said in a recent interview with the Huffington Post.

However, that doesn’t mean that as a founder who doesn’t code you won’t encounter your fair share of unique challenges. Take it from Gorman, who is working on her second startup, Archive.ly. The service allows users to curate biographical information about their business contacts.

When Gorman got the idea for her second startup, she moved from New York to Silicon Valley, thinking it would give her the best shot at finding the expertise she needed.

I learned quickly that being an unproven CEO with a very strong idea about what I wanted to build is not the most appealing thing to engineers who could do anything,” she told the Huffington Post. 

But it was her persistence, she contends, that ultimately resulted in a product. After a friend saw that Gorman wasn’t going to give up on her idea, he gave her an initial boost by helping her to build her first prototype. She was lucky, she says.

Gorman went on to detail what she’s learned from her experience during the early years of both startups. Here are a few takeaways from the interview:

Focus on the front end.

If a prototype looks good from the front end, you’ll have an easier time persuading talent to help you work on the back end. Gorman worked with a design shop to put a face on Archive.ly. “It came alive and engineers and others started to see what I was building,” she explained. “It helped me visually tell my story.”

Get the basics down.

Since you’re not going to be doing the programming yourself, you have to be able to describe exactly what needs to be done. This will require you to build on your tech vocabulary. “You need to know the landscape, programming languages, databases, API integrations, and how things fit together. You need to learn how to speak to engineers in their own language,” Gorman said.

Acknowledge you limits. Then move on to what you’re good at.

“Are there times I wish I coded? Sure,” Gorman admitted. But she now realizes that her strength lies in her incessant efforts to learn more and more when it comes to every aspect of her company. “I read like crazy, I try new tools, I have a design mentor, and I just keep learning.”

So yes, it would be nice if Gorman could carve some time out every day to study programming. However, “In reality I just wouldn’t have time to do it,” she concluded.

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