Migraines strike us in many ways. There’s more to a Migraine attack than the headache. In fact, for a diagnosis of Migraine, symptoms other than headache are necessary. There are many potential symptoms of Migraine.
One symptom that I find especially bothersome is chilling, then feeling overheated. One minute, I’ll be huddling under the covers; the next, I’m throwing off all the covers and feeling hot and sticky. A few months ago, Karen Lee Richards, who writes for our sister site ChronicPainConnection.com, told me about a new kind of sleepwear she had tried. She had thought of me because she knows that Migraines can make us so miserable. This led to my testing a nightgown made by Goodnighties.
About Goodnighties® and the fabric:
The manufacturers call this line of sleepwear “recovery sleepwear.” Goodnighties® sleepwear is made from a fabric called IonX®. Here’s some information from a Goodnighties press release:
Goodnighties sleepwear is made with revolutionary IonX fabric that is scientifically proven to restore muscles, reduce pain, balance the body and bring relief to women who suffer from the effects of night sweats and hot flashes.
Ionized daywear has long been used by the medical field, professional and Olympic athletes, the military and NASA because of its proven healing, pain blocking and performance enhancing properties. Even racehorses have experienced these benefits in the form of blankets and leg wraps.
“The power of negative ions has long been known. But now for the first time, women will be able to experience the positive effects negative ions have on well being,” said leading scientist Albert B. Ouimet, PhD, MBA, who was part of the original team creating the IonX patent. “Women who wear Goodnighties with IonX achieve better, deeper, more comfortable sleep so they awaken feeling refreshed and recharged,” said Dr. Ouimet.
If you’d like more research materials about Goodnighties and IonX, you can find it HERE.
My Goodnighties experience:
I’m always skeptical about products, especially when they sound just too good to be true. Still, I’m willing to try products with the understanding that I’ll pull no punches and give my opinion openly and honestly. I had the choice of several styles of Goodnighties gowns and pajamas. Since I’m most comfortable in simple gowns, I chose a simple, sleeveless nightgown to try. When it arrived, I washed it and put it in my dresser drawer, ready for my next Migraine.
When that next Migraine arrived, I took my medication, put on my Goodnighties gown, and crawled into bed. When the nausea hit, I knew what to expect next - chills and hot flashes. They arrived, BUT they were far milder than usual. Plus, I didn’t feel damp and sticky, didn’t feel as if I needed to crawl out of my bed and back into the shower. It seemed that those particular symptoms were diminished, AND I was far more comfortable while waiting for my medications to work than I usually am.
The skepticism remained, however. We all know that Migraines and their symptoms can vary from one to the next, so I wanted to test the effects of Goodnighties a second time before reviewing the gown. During the next Migraine, the chills and hot flashes were there, but as during the previous Migraine, they were far less severe than usual, and I was far more comfortable than usual.
Being a woman of “that age,” it’s not unusual for me to have hot flashes at night while I’m sleeping. For me, one of the worst parts of being postmenopausal is waking up needing to take a shower and change my gown in the middle of the night. As a plus, my Goodnighties gown has made that middle-of-the-night shower and change unnecessary. What’s more, the fabric is very soft and comfortable to wear.
Goodnighties, pro and con:
- Decreased severity and impact of chills and hot flashes during Migraines.
- Increased comfort during Migraines.
- Reduction of postmenopausal night-time hot flashes.
- Soft, comfortable fabric.
- The gowns would be more comfortable if they were longer.
- Fabric softener should not be used on IonX. Not really an issue if you use fabric softener in the dryer instead of the washer.
Goodnighties styles, sizing and care:
Goodnighties are available in several styles:
- sleeveless v-neck gown (this is the one I have)
- strappy gown
- Camisole pajama top
- three-quarter sleeve style top
- sleeveless v-neck pajama top
- short pajama bottom
- crop pant pajama bottom
- long pajama bottom
- Wash in cold water.
- Lie flat to dry.
- No fabric softener or clothes dryer as they ruin the ionization of the fabric.
Sizes range from XS to 3X. You can view the styles and colors HERE.
I’m glad I tried Goodnighties. The gown has made me infinitely more comfortable during a Migraine as well as reducing the problems caused by night-time hot flashes. Here’s the true test - Will I buy more Goodnighties? Absolutely, yes. They’re going to be coming out with new styles, including a longer gown. As soon as it’s available, I’ll be buying more. They are more expensive than the gowns and nightshirts that I generally buy, but they’re worth it.
Disclosure: The Goodnighties company provided me with a night gown to review. I have no other affiliation with the company.
Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.