Humidity is one of the things that can have a big impact on your health. And there are ways to control it, even if you live somewhere that has a particularly humid climate. Dehumidifiers, for example, make it much easier to reduce the indoor humidity and make it much more manageable. But why should you care about any of this? What kind of impact can high humidity have on your health? Read on to find out.
Overheating in the Form of Hyperthermia
Overheating is one of the most significant risks you face when the humidity is high and temperatures are high. This is known as hyperthermia, which you can think of as the opposite of hypothermia. It’s when your body can’t deal with the level of heat and can result in symptoms such as fainting or becoming incredibly tired. Finding ways to cool down if you feel yourself overheating is important.
It Impacts Your Mood
When the humidity is high, it can have a significant impact on your mood, and that’s something that can manifest itself in a wide variety of different ways. For some people, it can make them feel down and depressed. Others might feel more irritable and take out those negative emotions on those around them. We all tend to be a little shorter tempered when we’re hot and bothered.
It Can Cause Damage to Hearing Aids
One thing that high humidity can do is impact your hearing aids if you use them. They can cause quite severe damage to these devices if you’re not careful. And that’s why it’s so important to protect your hearing aids and remove any moisture from them if you’re living in a humid part of the world. There’s no escaping the fact that humidity damages hearing aids, so it’s up to you to take extra care.
Lower Energy Levels
Fatigue is one of the major and most common symptoms associated with overheating and hyperthermia as we discussed above. That’s why it’s important to take it easy and not to overexert yourself when you know that temperatures and humidity levels are higher than normal. You don’t want to send your energy levels crashing even lower.
You’ll find that your hydration levels will plummet much faster when the humidity is high as well. You’ll become dehydrated a lot more quickly than would ordinarily be the case, and that’s something that’s obviously not good for your health at all. So make sure that you stay hydrated and drink even more water than you normally would when trying to stay hydrated throughout the day. It’ll make you feel much better and less tired too.
As you can see, high humidity is very much capable of having a negative impact on your health, so it’s up to you to think about the steps you can take to better protect your health. The impact discussed above isn’t inevitable if you take steps to look after yourself and combat the worst effects of humidity.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.