How Summer Heat Aggravates Nerve Pain [And What You Can Do About It]
With summer around the corner, have you noticed the symptoms of your neuropathy getting worse?
For many people with nerve damage, extremes in heat and humidity can exacerbate their nerve pain. There are a number of reasons why hot weather may be making your symptoms worse. Among the most common reasons are that:
- Heat and humidity can increase inflammation
- Heat, combined with dehydration, can starve nerves of important oxygen & nutrients
- Exposure to sun (without proper sun protection) cause burn already sensitive skin
- Hotter weather is often associated with lighter, less protective footwear (i.e. flip flops), which can aggravate nerve pain in the feet
What can you do to beat the heat and stay cool and comfortable this summer? First off, take a look at the # products that can help:
BedJet Bed Cooling Fan
Getting a good night’s sleep is hard enough when you have nerve pain. A hot bedroom can make it that much harder. The Bedjet cooling fan nestles under your bed and pumps cool air under your sheets, helping you stay comfortable so you can sleep better.
Not only that, but it has a heating function for the winter months as well. This is especially beneficial for neuropathy sufferers because cold feet reduces circulation.
If you need a cooler bed but don’t want to go as far as a cooling fan – a good pair of cooling sheets may be just what you need. These sheets from QVC.com feature Nanotex technology to wick away moisture from your skin – keeping you cool and comfortable.
“Chill Pal” Summer Cooling towels
If you’re going to be out and about and air conditioning isn’t an option – help regulate your body temperate with a cooling towel. Just drape one of these ice cold towels around your neck for lasting coolness!
Tips for keeping your home cool
In addition to the products mentioned above, try a few of these simple suggestions to help keep your home cool this summer:
Decorate with naturally cooling plants
Decorating your home with the right indoor plants can help cool it naturally – as well as create a calm, relaxing environment. Check out the video below for a few plants that can help cool your home.
Solar powered attic fan
Hot, stagnant air in your attic can create an oven-like effect on your home. Not only does this make for an uncomfortable living environment, it also makes your air conditioner work harder to cool your home – meaning a bigger power bill each month.
If you don’t already have one, a solar powered attic fan can help cool your attic space without eating up your electricity bill.
Switch your ceiling fan direction
Did you know you can change the direction your ceiling fan blows – and that it can make a huge difference in your comfort? In the summer months, change the ceiling fan to blow COUNTER-clockwise. This helps circulate the air better and create a more effective cooling breeze in the home.
In the winter months, change it to clockwise to help push warm air down towards the ground.
A few extra tips for staying comfortable this summer:
Lastly, a few extra tips for staying cool. When possible, stay indoors and avoid long time exposure to the sun. Wear light, breathable clothing. Most importantly, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. This will help both your nerves as well as your overall wellness during the hot summer months.