Five tips to avoid becoming too warm
It’s important to stay well hydrated, so make sure you top up your fluid intake throughout the day. (If you’re caring for someone, take into account any recommendations from their GP around medication and ailments.)
A good diet can help keep the body working efficiently. If you are eating healthily and regularly, it can help with temperature regulation.
Conserve energy in high temperatures
Ensure you aren’t expending too much energy at the hottest times of day. If you can organise your activities at times when the temperature is cooler, it can help to prevent issues.
Take a cool shower
When the evenings are warm, preparing for bed with a cool shower or bath can help to reduce your body temperature and feel more comfortable before you settle down.
Choose the right bedding
Wool duvets are usually the best for maintaining temperatures. When it’s warm, wool lets air pass through, which can help to prevent overheating and discomfort. When it comes to bed sheets and pyjamas, cotton tends to be cooler and more comfortable than other synthetic materials.
Why staying cool is important for older people
As we age, our bodies become less adept at regulating temperature and hydration, because our biological systems gradually become less efficient. For example, one of the key ways the body cools itself is through perspiration, and older people typically sweat significantly less than younger people. Our bodies also begin to store fat differently.
People with existing medical conditions, including breathing or heart problems, can experience exacerbated symptoms when their body temperature rises. The problems can be more serious for people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, where they may not be able to recognise that they are too warm and react appropriately. This can also lead to oversights around the home, including leaving the heating turned on and not opening windows to let cool air in.
All of these factors make it important to ensure that you’re protected against the risks associated with high temperatures.
Read tips on how to keep cool during warm weather, including how to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
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