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How Weather Influences your Health

shutterstock_253118983-How-Weather-Influences-your-HealthIf the changing moods of the weather have been affecting your moods as well, it’s certainly not a figment of your imagination. In fact, the weather may be influencing more than just your mood swings but your entire health, too.

Scientific studies continue to crop up on the link between human health and the changing patterns of the weather. Scientists have been baffled through the years on the role of weather on our health. There is even a whole scientific study devoted to this, called biometeorology, which aims to dig deeper on why and how weather affects humans, animals, and plants.

Below are a few examples on how weather influences one’s health, particularly how changes in temperature affect how you feel physically and mentally.

Blood pressure

According to research, a change in atmospheric pressure affects one’s blood pressure. Blood pressure drops when atmospheric pressure decreases, as the low temperature causes the blood vessels to narrow. It is not surprising then that your blood pressure is usually lower in the summer.

Sleep

Ever wondered why it is easier to catch zzz’s in chilly weather? The National Sleep Foundation reports that body temperature cools down easily when in a room temperature of about 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. It is during this ideal temperature that your brain finds it easier to prep for sleep.

In contrast, it is much harder to get some sleep in humid climates, as the hot temperature can disrupt your body’s ability to cool down and get ready for a sound snooze.

Allergies

Do you notice how your sneezing gets worse every time it’s raining? Seasonal allergies worsen when the weather is wet but while most people blame the rainy weather for washing pollen away (the culprit that causes those allergies), storms are even worse since they burst pollen articles and spread the allergens further.

Mood

Most equate moderate weather with better mood, and it’s not hard to understand why. Temperate or warmer climates have been found to boost one’s mood. This is due to the fact that better weather provides more opportunities to be outdoors and do fun activities.

Dehydration and heatstroke

Intense heat is linked to increased cases of dehydration and stroke. Even animals know this. The high temperatures not only can increase your risk of heat-related illnesses but can also influence your behavior and put you at risk of brain damage.

Mental health

Extreme weather conditions have been found to cause mental distress among people. According to research, intense weather events like tornadoes and hurricanes not only cause mental stress but the aftermath of which could also have a lasting psychological impact.

Apart from intense weather conditions, the cold months can also put a depression-like spell on people. Seasonal affective disorder has been found to affect about 10 million people per year during the winter months. This depression-related mental disorder causes those who are affected to feel sad, anxious, or go on a roller coaster of moods.

There’s not much you can do about the weather but being aware of your sensitivity to it greatly helps to keep your health stabilized. The best thing you can do is adopt and expose yourself to its unpredictability to lessen the shock. The more you spend more time outdoors, the better you can cope with weather’s mood swings.

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