Despite our ever-increasing dependence upon technology to help us run our lives – there’s one thing that we will never be able to omit from our daily routine, and that is – Mother Nature. What you may not realise is that the weather has far more of an effect on our health than we may realise – staring up at dark clouds overhead everyday, can get you down, yet too much sun can cause heat exhaustion and (obviously) sunburn! We look at the top 4 weather-triggered health conditions that effect us today, and how we can treat them.
Of course! The first thing that comes to mind when we think about weather-related allergies would be Hay Fever. During the spring comes the blossoming of flowers, and a significant increase in the amount of pollen floating through the air. Those who suffer from hay fever suffer from sneezing, difficulty breathing and general stuffiness. The pollen gets into the nasal passage, throat and lungs and causes an ellergic reaction. The most common conditions for hay-fever are dry & windy, but the condition can be treated easily with over-the-counter remedies and medicine.
The biggest factor when it comes to your quality of sleep being affected by the weather is actually The Sun, and the amount of light exposure we get throughout the seasons of Winter and Summer. In the Winter – we get less sun-exposure, which causes our bodies to produce more melatonin, which in turn – causes us to be sluggish, tired, and less likely to go out for a run! In the Summer – the opposite is true, and our melatonin levels drop to a low point, causing us to feel far more active! This of course means that our sleep is affected more in the Summer, so we should be sure to get outside during the day (when we want to avoid being sleepy), and staying in at night (when we want our body to relax).
We may not realise it, but many of the headaches we get on a day-to-day basis are actually caused by the weather. Changes in temperature, humidity and barometric pressure cause neurovascular imbalances within our brain, which then causes pressure and ultimately – a headache. Scientists also believes that a headache may also be the brain telling the person to seek a more comfortable or hospitable environment, again this could be triggered by adverse weather conditions.
Those who are constantly subject to poor weather, often sight a downturn in their general happiness. ‘Winter Blues’ is actually also known by it’s more scientific name - Seasonal affective disorder, which affects most people (whether or not they realise it). Ultimately – we’re more likely to be happy in the Summer, and less happy in the Winter!