Summertime Sadness: How do brain freezes work?

What causes brain freeze?What’s actually going on when your ice-cold drink gives you a piercing headache?

Summer has arrived once again and with it brings the scorching heat that drives us to swimming pools, beaches and the ice-cream freezer in the supermarket.

It’s also the time of the dreaded ‘brain freeze’.

Brain freeze has a couple of different names – ice-cream headache, cold-stimulus headache – but its scientific name is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, which basically means ‘nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion’.

Read on to find out what causes ‘brain freeze’ and how to stop it here