Simple ways to survive the hot weather in Nigeria

February 25, 2017
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Apart from economic hardship Nigerians are currently facing, we are also having a hard time dealing with the hot weather currently being experienced all over the country. Just two weeks ago, there were a bit of Harmattan felt in some areas of the country and it was a bit cold. But right now, the weather is really hot in most parts of the country.  It is even harder with the epileptic power supply prevalent all over the place.

Heat like every other thing else, if not controlled can have serious consequences like hyperthermia, which can occur when our cooling systems are overwhelmed.

Heat-related illnesses occur when a person’s body cannot properly cool itself. As the body’s temperature continues to rise, the body begins to suffer. Other factors such as age, obesity, dehydration, and drug or alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather. In order to help you stay healthy in this hot weather and economic condition.

The heat here is so scorching out there and there is no telling as to when it will get better. Still, we have to learn to cope in this weather. It is also necessary to stay healthy this period because there are so many heat-related diseases.

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Here are some ways to survive in this weather;

Drink lots of water than you will normally do

Always have a bottle or container of water at all times. Do not wait until you are thirsty, to drink water. Your body loses fluids through sweating and this period is when you tend to sweat a lot so it is essential to replace bodily fluids. If you are not going to the toilet every two to three hours, then you are not doing it right.

Switch to natural fabrics

Synthetic fabrics retain moisture and that causes more heat. It is essential to stay cool and for this reason, go with fabrics that are light and would not absorb heat. Also avoid wearing thick fabrics, even if natural. Go with brighter colours of materials.

Regulate exercise and workout time and routine

During workout, the body normally adjusts to the heat. But these natural cooling systems may fail if you’re exposed to high temperatures for a long time. If you are new to exercise or you are unfit, be sure what your body can handle and take breaks during your workout. If you begin to feel tightness in your head, or you are weak or dizzy, you need to stop and cool down. And if after 30 minutes you still feel dizzy, you may need to seek medical attention. Also if you take long walks, then at every chance you get, you should stop to cool down under a shaded area.

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Take showers as often as possible

When you begin to feel restless and you feel so hot, hop into the bathroom and take a shower. If you are not where you can do so, wet a hand towel and place behind your neck. You can also use it to rub your face. This helps to cool the body temperature.

Carry a hand fan and a face towel

These two are the essential items one must have in this weather. A face towel is always handy as you need to dry your face from the sweat resulting from the heat you feel. A hand fan or a newspaper can also help you blow air to your body to make you cool a bit.

Avoid taking alcohol, including beer

Also avoid caffeinated beverages. Taking alcohol and caffeinated drinks affects the body and reduces its ability to deal with the heat. Taking this also leaves you needing more fluid. No matter how sweet or refreshing they are, they are not helping but harming you. Switch to water.

Apply dusting powder

As often as possible, apply dusting powder. This acts as a soothing agent and helps cool the body. If you notice someone having a heat stroke, the first thing to do is get them out of the heat and then remove the outer layers of clothing. Lay them down with the legs elevated, and fan them. If the person has dry skin, apply wet compresses, then seek medical assistance. For someone who has suffered from heat exhaustion or heat stroke before, you’re at a higher risk of getting a heat sickness again.

 

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