startle reflex Cold Winter Days, Cerebral Palsy and Tight Muscles

I’ve written a lot on the topic of tight muscles, startle reflex, and cerebral palsy. But being that it is winter I thought it was worth revisiting. This winter, I noticed an improvement in these areas for me, and I think it is because I have started wearing fleece pants. I find that my legs are more susceptible to becoming tight versus my arms. By keeping my legs warm, it helps reduce the spasticity and thus I don’t end up being as sore as I once was. I find sleeping with a hot water bottle allows for a more restful sleep in the winter as well. If keeping your feet warm is an issue for you, I find  that when I sleep in socks I wake up with warmer feet and am able to maintain that warmth through the day.

Warm muscles and reduced startle reflex is there a correlation?

I believe there is a correlation between warm muscles and startle reflex. I have noticed for myself recently that if I keep my muscles warm I am less apt to startle. I don’t know if there is any scientific evidence to back this up, or even if it is true for myself, but I have noticed recently a difference and guess that maybe this is why I don’t jump as often. When I was little I would jump at sudden noises a lot, and this is true even now at times. But when I was little if my dad sneezed in the other room while I was standing holding onto something my knees would buckle.

So my questions for all of you are these: How do you stay warm in snowy climates? Do you feel that you startle less when you’re warm? I would like to hear your insights in the comments below.


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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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