Health: Is there really a sensitivity to weather?

Myth or truth: does the sensitivity to weather

„To me, the weather beats on the Kreislauf“, is always to hear again. A weather change actually have an impact on our health and wellbeing? Or is it a myth? Sensitivity to weather existing in fact, experts say. A weather sensitivity is even more pronounced.

Influence of weather on the body

So some know that: In the case of a change in the weather, circulatory problems, and even old scars can be sudden pain. In the case of humid weather and the hair of the head is buzzing, and the mood is getting worse. Is it all just? Or what influence the weather has on our bodies, and what sensitivity to weather is at all?

Weather changes provide in some people that you suffer from headaches or circulatory problems. Some of the pain of old scars. Experts explain what’s up with the sensitivity to weather on. (Image: Ingo Bartussek/

Not an independent disease
“The term weather sensitivity refers to the phenomenon that some people perceive the own body’s reaction to the weather increasingly subjective,” writes the German weather service (DWD) on its website.

These people therefore have an increased responsiveness or a decreased threshold of your autonomic nervous system. “However, sensitivity to weather is not an independent disease, such as migraine,” says the expert.

However, certain weather strengthen, were some of the people complaints such as a tendency to headache. In addition, especially in the case of strong weather disturbances of concentration, sleep changes, often problems. Fatigue and joint or scar pain was observed.

Stronger influences in the case of severe weather change
The phenomenon has also been studied in various scientific studies. Thus, British researchers found that bad weather can affect pain.

Austrian experts also reported that about every second rheumatics with sensitivity to weather, plagues.

According to polls, weather, occur discomfort, rather, in the case of female persons.

Generally speaking, The strongest weather influences on health according to the experts, in case of strong weather changes.

In addition, the reaction of the people on the weather depends on individual conditions, such as, for example, the General state of health but also other stresses such as lack of sleep or Stress.

Effects on blood pressure

The DWD explained on its website an example of the interaction between weather and the human body:

“A cold front is usually cooler air is brought, so the body tries to reduce the transfer of heat. Among other things, the outer blood vessels constrict and blood pressure rises in the short term.“

These Changes are usually very small, but who has already suffered from high blood pressure, can experience such variations.

Conversely, sudden heat makes people with low blood pressure: the body cools, it expands the blood vessels, which, however, the blood pressure drops even further.

Weather sensitivity is much more pronounced

Still more violent than the sensitivity to weather called weather sensitivity affects. “The elderly or chronically ill people can not only be wetterfühlig, but properly weather-sensitive, which may then have an illness and dangerous effects,” writes the DWD.

“Just in case of strong heat waves, people for whom the cardiovascular was too much for the System to die again and again”, and more.

What can you do against the sensitivity to weather

But there are some things that Affected the sensitivity to weather companies. So experts recommend that, even in the cold, Wind and rain to go out to train the organism and in order for this to learn better the different weather conditions.

Kneipp treatments, contrast shower, sauna visits, and a regulated sleep pattern and a balanced diet have a similarly favorable.

People who respond due to Stress, sensitive to the weather may bring, possibly, relaxation exercises such as Yoga to relax.

And who then puts on a positive attitude to life, to the day, can.according to the catchy “I&#8217…m singing in the rain“ of their own sensitivity to weather defy.

The chronically ill and elderly patients should, however, be cautious and for safety’s sake, ask your doctor about which methods are best for you. This is also true for weather-sensitive people. (ad)