Does the Summer Heat Impact You Differently as an Adult?

I’m starting to think that my body works differently now than when I was younger…

Yesterday I mentioned that I went on a hike at Cliff Cave Park and saw some amazing birds. What I didn’t say is that–as great of a day as it was–it ended with a piercing migraine.

Here’s what happened: We arrived at the park on a bright, sunny day. It was probably around 90 degrees outside.

I was fully hydrated, and I’m in good health. But barely 15 minutes into the hike–which was fully exposed to the sun–I started to feel the onset of a migraine.

This isn’t the first time. I’ve noticed when visiting the beach in recent years that the sun and heat seem to bring on headaches (and/or general exhaustion) at a much faster and more consistent level than when I was young. Again, I’m really focused on staying hydrated, but that’s apparently not enough. Something else is going on.

I should also note that I was wearing sunglasses and sunscreen. I’m not sure if a higher level of protection would have helped, as the heat was oppressive.

My main saving grace is that we eventually found some hiking paths with lots of tree cover. I think that helped to delay the full-force migraine until I got home.

I’d love to figure out this mystery, as I want to be able to enjoy the heat and the outdoors in manageable doses. Have you experienced this? What solutions have you found?

5 Responses to “Does the Summer Heat Impact You Differently as an Adult?”

  1. Rupert says:

    Even wearing sunglasses (are they polarized or just UV screening?) it could be light sensitivity causing the migrane.

  2. RodeoClown says:

    I’ve found sunscreen actually makes me feel the heat much worse than without it.
    I still wear it, because cancer, but it definitely make me feel it more.

  3. Mary says:

    Polarized sunglasses would probably help, but I have learned that as soon as I feel a migraine starting, I put a drop of peppermint essential oil (I use Young Living brand) on each of my temples, and it 99% of the time will knock it out. I was very skeptical at first, but it really does work. Just be careful not to get too close to eyes, or they will burn a bit.

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