How to Avoid Summer Health Hazards

SAD

SAD or seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that usually occurs during the cold season. However, some people experience a summertime version of SAD wherein the bright sunlight is causes symptoms like anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and lower appetite which then leads to weight loss.

To combat your summertime SAD-ness use blackout blinds to block out light in your home. A common symptom of people with SAD is to feel uncomfortably warm at night. To ease your discomfort, keep the temperature of your home low and take a cool shower before going to bed.

Tossing and turning

Again, this is caused by the rise in temperature. If you can’t sleep because you are feeling too warm, simply turn on the AC or fan, (and if you have a humidifier, turn that on too).

The days are longer during summer, and this extended daylight disrupts some people’s body clock, thus they don’t get enough sleep. To counter this, avoid the sunlight at the end of the day (around 6pm onwards) says Tracy Kuo, Ph.D., of the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic. On the other hand, some morning people wake up much too early in the summer because of earlier sunrises. "Invest in an eye mask to shield out the light and enable you to sleep into the morning better," suggests Kuo.

Diarrhea and Infections     

It could be something you ate, but it could also be the dirty public pool. Some pools that aren’t decontaminated thoroughly may be keeping diarrhea-causing germs.

Fortunately, preventing an infection is quite simple. Do not swallow pool water; don’t swim with an open cut, and always shower after you get out of the pool. And don’t think that because the pool smells clean, it really is. It’s not. That chlorine-smell actually indicates that there is not enough germ-cleaning chemical in the pool. If you’re not sure about how clean the pool is, put off taking a dip until some other time.

Eye injuries      

Fourth of July fireworks are delight to watch – from a distance say. Watching them up close can cause serious eye injuries. Kenneth B. Simons, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee suggests watching fireworks displays on TV instead. Also, keep your kids and friends from setting off fireworks on their own. If some does get injured, do not touch the affected area; head straight for the emergency room. To protect the eye on the way to the ER, place an eye shield over the eye or create a makeshift guard from a paper cup that has been cut shorter.

Source: MSN