It’s a frustrating feeling when you’re
determined to seize the long summer day, but don’t feel energized enough to
roust yourself off the couch. Sound familiar? Fortunately, you’re not alone.
Longer days and hotter temps leave many of us feeling listless and even
entirely exhausted during the summer months. But, understanding the possible
explanations behind this zapped energy might be enough to motivate you back
into action. Here, we offer three temperature-related reasons why you might feel fatigue during the lazy days
Reason #1 -- The Mercury Starts
Although it might seem like a no-brainer, it’s
important to remind yourself that a spike in temperature will tax your body. If
you’re used to mild temps and are suddenly confronted by a heatwave, either at
home or while traveling, it’s reasonable to expect that your body will feel its
effects. Those effects will likely translate as tiredness.
According to Dr. Michele Casey regional
medical director at Duke Health, as reported in Scientific American’s Why Does Being in the Heat Make Us
Feel Tired, "Your body, especially in the sun, has
to work hard to maintain a consistent, normal, internal temperature."
Take heart and give yourself some time. Once
you adjust to those extra degrees, you’ll reclaim your energy and feel more
Reason #2 -- Your Hydration Took
Regardless of the reason -- travel, exercise,
increased sun exposure -- if you’ve overlooked the importance of hydration,
you’re going to feel drained. Staying hydrated is always critical, but often
becomes more challenging during the intense summer months. Thirst is an
immediate sign of dehydration, along with darker urine. Stay ahead of
dehydration by sipping water in adequate amounts, and often. A quick check of
your urine will also indicate how well hydrated you are -- light-colored or
clear is a clue that you’re in good shape.
Reason #3 -- Not Enough Sleep
As if hot days aren’t enough to mess with your
motivation, humid or hot nights can make it tough -- if not impossible -- to
fall and stay asleep. In Learn to Sleep Well, Dr. Chris
Idzikowski, cites temperatures in excess of 75 degrees can result in insomnia,
or at least, difficulty maintaining healthy sleep patterns. However possible,
establish a cool sleeping environment in order to rest up and feel recharged.