How to Reduce Heat Stress and Heat-related Headaches
Heat can cause body stress and headaches. Episodes may worse during very hot, humid weather conditions. Bright sunlight and dietary changes also contribute to the severity you may experience. If you are not careful in managing body temperature during extreme hot weather, you may experience a heat stroke, so take caution because body temparature can escalate to high degrees within ten minutes. Should you feel a heat stroke coming, do this: Lie on your back. Prop up your legs above heart level. If accessible, place ice packs or cold, wet towels on your neck, armpits, and groin area. Mayo clinic gives further discussion here.
Here are some ways to help you reduce heat stress and heat-related headaches:
- Lessen alcohol consumption.
- Monitor and lessen caffeine intake. This includes coffee, tea, chocolates, and sodas.
- Aim for sufficient sleep hours.
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors.
- Keep head and face covered or shaded when outdoors.
- Pace exertion. Take breaks between chores or errands. Sweating leads to dehydration.
- Frequently hydrate. Take sips often and make sure daily intake is sufficient. Multiply your weight by 2/3 to get your recommended daily intake in ounces. For those who work out, add 12 ounces for every 30-minute workout.
- Wear cool and breathable clothing.
- Naturally you would better desire cold showers instead of hot ones.
- Don't stay inside an idle or parked car for too long and never leave a kid or pet inside either.
Remember to wear sunscreen since skin damage from UV Rays continues hours after sun exposure. So put on sunscreen; protect your skin from further hotness and save yourself from getting skin cancer as well.