Meteosensitivity in adults is not recognized by all specialists. There is no definitive research to confirm that there is dependence on the weather and sensitivity to weather changes.
It has long been thought that weather can affect overall health and disease symptoms. Hippocrates noted the connection between rain, wind, and chronic illness, and many others have made similar observations. In 1887, the American Journal of Medical Sciences documented a case in which a person could predict the coming and going of a storm using phantom limb pain. The weather has been linked to conditions ranging from post-traumatic pain to lower back pain. Some patients still claim that they can predict the weather.
Interest in weather sensitivity has long been, and it is all the more surprising that the relationship between weather and human health is still not fully understood.
What is weather sensitivity?
Meteosensitivity is a person’s susceptibility to weather changes. He reacts to heat, cold, wind, humidity, and as a result, he feels tired, irritable, decreased concentration, or depressed. Typical symptoms include headache, dizziness, and sleep disturbances. Scientists have shown experimentally that fluctuations in the weather can affect heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure.
Causes of weather sensitivity in adults
Researchers in the field of medical meteorology believe that sensitivity to weather may originally have been a vital mechanism – it is a kind of protective reflex that warned people (and animals that also react to the weather) in time about weather changes.
Undoubtedly, weather sensitivity is primarily a mood disorder. Women and the elderly are more often affected. Sensitivity to the weather can appear against the backdrop of a sedentary lifestyle, stress, unhealthy diets, lack of sleep, or extreme exertion.
Sensitivity to weather conditions leads to a deterioration in general condition, decreased performance, and depressed mood, despite the fact that there are no physical reasons for these conditions.
It is believed that short-term changes in the weather are stressful for the body, as they require adjustment.
According to a 2002 study by the University Hospital Munich and the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy, 54% of Germans consider themselves weather-sensitive. And their subjective sensitivity has been proven. In the course of the study, people who describe themselves as weather dependent were asked to keep a diary of their complaints. Result: Two-thirds of the participants showed a significant correlation between their complaints and changes in weather. However, there is still no clear objective evidence of meteorological dependence.
Several researchers now agree that weather sensitivity has more to do with psychological effects than the weather. For example, with the nocebo effect – this is when a person feels something that cannot be. For example, if the forecast says that the coming cold snap can provoke pain in the joints, there will certainly be people whose joints will “hurt”. Although there are no objective reasons for the pain.
Symptoms of weather sensitivity in adults
Research by the German Meteorological Service shows that the following symptoms are most common in weather dependent:
- weakness and drowsiness;
- joint pain;
- sleep disorders.
It is believed that weather changes are a burden on the human body, which must adapt to climatic conditions. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for this. And most often it causes meteorological dependence in people with the following health problems:
- chronic diseases – asthma or rheumatism;
- hay fever (pollinosis);
- heart disease and circulatory disorders.
Treatment of weather sensitivity in adults
There are no specific methods of treating meteorological dependence.
There are also no diagnostic methods for weather sensitivity. The doctor can assess the patient’s condition only by his subjective feelings.
Modern methods of treatment
Here, too, there is nothing to please, since most experts agree that what we call weather sensitivity is influenced by our psyche. Mental and physical balance can positively affect our perception of the weather and make us more resilient to the vagaries of the weather.
Prevention of weather sensitivity in adults at home
Eat balanced and versatile – overweight people often complain about weather dependence.
Take a contrast shower, go to the sauna, walk in the fresh air, do not drink or smoke – a healthy body will not react to weather stimuli.
Get enough sleep – you need to sleep at least 8 hours a day. Good sleep will relieve stress and help you relax.
What complications can there be with weather sensitivity?
Complications of weather sensitivity do not exist until the very fact of meteorological dependence is proved. It has been noticed that some people have the appearance or intensification of symptoms of illness due to the weather. However, major studies disprove this connection. Most likely, people just need reasons to explain the symptoms. On the other hand, in more cloudy weather or rain, a person may “listen” to negative feelings more than on sunny days, which in themselves are distracting.
When to see a doctor for weather sensitivity?
You should seek medical help based on your own well-being, and not on the indicators of the barometer. For example, there are no statistics on more frequent cardiac accidents during high or low air pressure.
Can weather sensitivity be treated with folk remedies?
Since there is no weather sensitivity, then, in fact, there is nothing to fight. And with the so-called folk remedies in medicine, you should be careful at all. Not all of them are harmless, they often interact with pharmacological drugs and, in general, do not always have predictable effects.