We’re living in a world affected by climate change and, its direct consequence, global warming. Heatwaves are not anymore a novelty around the world.
They hit both the land and the oceans, causing coral bleaching and more in the latter case. Recently, the meteorologists announced that a massive heatwave hit the US, as well as the European continent, triggering temperatures higher than ever, especially across Europe.
Torrid days are known to produce adverse effects on human health, from strokes and heart attacks in those people with cardiovascular diseases to disturbances at the brain level. In this article, we’ll debate the massive heatwave that hit the United States and how it affects your mind and body.
Massive heatwave hit the US
In July, a massive heatwave hit the majority of the US states, causing lots of trouble for residents. “It's been very hectic. It has been blazing hot.
What we're worried about now is making sure that people, especially seniors and the physically disabled, stay hydrated. That they have a place to be cool at,” explained, in July, Gentry Trotter from ‘Cool Down St. Louis.’
“Global disturbances won't penetrate the heat dome. They might just move around this big dome of heat. We get maybe a few showers and maybe a few thunderstorms at the core of this, but it's basically a part of the atmosphere where it's warmest at the center of this dome.” added Richard Bann from the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center.
As we can see already, the massive heatwave that hit the US in July was one of the most significant such phenomena in years. But that’s not all. Another heatwave hit the US this month. Even more, heat waves also affected Europe, Russia, Greenland, and Japan in July and this month, as well.
While across the US, Europe, Russia, and Japan, the heatwave affected people of this regions, the global warming affecting Greenland has even more adverse consequences for the global climate due to melting glaciers that can lead to considerable sea level rise.
However, heatwaves don’t only affect the global climate, but they also affect us and our health. Let’s see how the heatwave that hit the US affects your mind and body.
A heatwave affects the brain at first
The hypothalamus is the center that regulates the body’s temperature. A heatwave can increase the body’s temp disrupting the normal chemical processes in the brain, affecting the ability to judge and causing the appearance of stress and anxiety.
Also high temperatures cause depressive states and fatigue, as a result of slowing down the normal functioning of the brain, nerves, and spinal cord. Many people have a tendency to give up physical activity and to relax all day.
At the muscular level, cramps appear as a result of excessive sweating and implicit losses of sodium and minerals.
Sodium, along with potassium and chlorine, is part of the electrolytes thatare necessary for the functioning of all organs in the body. Thus, sodium deficiencies can affect the normal functioning balance of the muscles.
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