Did you ever get up in the morning just not feeling it? Normally I wake up feeling well and healthy and ready to face the day but every so often I just feel…blah. Today was one of those days. I felt lethargic, grumpy and lacked energy. As the day went on I developed a slight headache and I rarely get headaches.
The weather was kind of gloomy, the humidity was high and it just wanted to rain all day. Finally about 4:00 it did rain. Once the rain came, I felt better. The temperature dropped and the humidity seemed to get lighter. Hmmm…I think I may be on to something. I’m not usually affected by weather but the air seemed especially heavy today and really felt like it was holding me down. SoI did a little research on the effect of barometric pressure on the human body. Here is what I found:
- Migraines and other headaches – According to Dr. Vince Martin, Director of the Headache and Facial Pain Center at the University of Cincinnati, environment is one of the most prevalent factors in a migraine, including low barometric pressure. About 30-50% of migraine sufferers feel like they have a weather trigger for their headaches.
- Blood pressure – Blood pressure is the measure of the rate and strength of your heart and the width of your veins. Barometric pressure can change your blood pressure. When it gets cold and the barometric pressure drops your blood vessels constrict, causing your blood pressure to increase. It takes more pressure to move the blood through narrowed vessels. People over 65 seem to be more vulnerable to pressure changes.
- Blood sugar – As the barometric pressure drops it can cause the viscosity or thickness of the blood to increase. This can be problematic for diabetics in controlling their blood sugar.
- Joint pain – Researchers at Tufts University studied the effects of barometric pressure on joint pain and found that low pressure increased joint and arthritic pain in those prone to such ailments. It’s possible that the viscosity of the fluid around the joints changes causing the pain or the pain receptors in the nerve ending s are being triggered by the change in pressure.
In any case, it is true that people who are sensitive to changes in barometric pressure can predict when a storm is coming by the changes in their bodies.
No wonder I felt crummy today.
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