How can some people like cold weather

Bioweather and its influence on body and psyche

When the weather changes abruptly, most complaints are recorded. Strong heat is just as dangerous as cold in winter. In order to get through any weather, physical hardening measures are just as advisable as little stress and sufficient sleep.

Anyone who feels uncomfortable at times for no reason or suffers from circulatory disorders should take a look at the current bio-weather. Because whether heat wave, rain or hair dryer - the weather can involuntarily affect the body and psyche of sensitive people. Rheumatism and migraine patients also often feel the effects of a change in the weather on their own bodies, because their suffering worsens at this time.

Sensitivity to weather is widespread

In Germany every second person describes himself as sensitive to the weather. Weather-sensitive people react very sensitively to a change in the weather. For example, they have headaches, feel exhausted or have trouble sleeping. Severe migraines can even mean that everyday duties can no longer be met. Even a bad mood with a hair dryer does not come as a surprise to many people. In general, older people are more sensitive to the weather than younger people - some of them feel a change in the weather in their bones in advance. Rheumatism sufferers can also feel the weather in their joints.

Weather exacerbates chronic ailments

People with chronic conditions such as rheumatism or asthma often feel their familiar symptoms intensify when the weather changes. Pain in joints or breathing problems can be felt even more than usual. Sudden cold is considered to be particularly uncomfortable. In general, cold is perceived just as negatively as intense heat in summer. Both actually represent a burden for the body, which can aggravate symptoms, especially with existing diseases. The temperate seasons of autumn and spring are again good for the body - as soon as there is no changeable "April weather".

Background of the physical complaints

The weather naturally belongs to the environment in which people move on a daily basis - and people have learned to react to their environment. In order for the body to work together properly, normal body heat is required, which is around 37 degrees. If the outside temperature changes, the body has to regulate itself, which also involves the autonomic nervous system. This unconscious automatic is now simply perceived differently or better by sensitive people.

Weather exacerbates chronic ailments

The more short-term the weather changes and the more extreme the change, the more the organism gets into turmoil. Not only the temperature is a trigger, but also the humidity, the wind, the air pressure and the existing or non-existent sunlight. Abrupt weather changes, in particular, can put a lot of strain on the body, as it needs some time to adjust to the change. Moist air, wind and prolonged rain put a particular strain on the circulation.

The cycle is always in danger when it is extremely hot or cold. Because he tries to keep his core temperature of 37 degrees, either by sweating or narrowing the blood vessels in the cold. This changes the amount of blood and thereby also the blood pressure. If the body does not get enough fluids, blood pressure may drop and headaches or dizziness may occur. Cold, in turn, can increase blood pressure because less heat is given off and blood flow decreases. The risk of a heart attack is also higher when it is cold. Not only the amount of blood can change due to the given temperatures. When it is hot, the blood can become thicker and when it is cold it is easier for blood to clot. The risk of thrombosis is increased in both cold and heat.

More than just imagination?

Epidemiological studies have shown that sensitivity to weather is more than just imagination. In particular, high blood pressure rises quickly when there is a cold front. However, the reactions can be quite different. If you want to get to the bottom of your suspected weather sensitivity, you should keep a weather diary. In this way it is easier to influence apparently inevitable complaints or to talk about them with the treating doctor first. You can also check for yourself how many of the symptoms can actually be attributed to the weather - or whether it was just imagination.

Prevention is possible

In order to survive the weather - whatever it may be - prevention is the best medicine. The human organism can adapt to temperatures best and also remains resilient if the fresh air is breathed in all weathers. A stay in nature, in rain as well as in sunshine, is a good prevention - even if it is only 30 minutes. Of course, the right clothing should never be missing. A healthy hardening can also take place through regular alternating showers, sauna visits or Kneipp treatments. The general physical condition should of course always be taken into account. This also applies to people with chronic illnesses who should ask their doctor about the subject. Generally very sensitive people can also try relaxation exercises in their own four walls (e.g. yoga or pilates). Because sensitivity to the weather also has a psychological component that should not be underestimated. Some people are more prone to depression in autumn than in summer, when the sun is bright in the sky. On the other hand, stress or too little sleep can also lead to increased sensitivity to the weather, so both should be avoided.