Japanese summer are hot and humid. These years, they even got worse and can be surprisingly dangerous if unprepared. Learn about the origins and risks and how to prevent getting a heatstroke with these useful tips.
Heat strokes are depending on three main things: environment, body condition and activity. The wrong environment in combination with an active body is raising the risk of suffering from a heatstroke.
Certain weather, especially very high temperature, high humidity, weak or no breeze, strong sunshine, rooms with a bad circulation and no air-conditioning, and days with a sudden heat wave are all responsible for heat strokes.
Infants and children, elderly people, people with diabetes, insufficient nutrition, those, who suffer from diarrhoea, insufficient sleep or those who are hung overate at a high risk.
Especially if you are exercising or working outside and are not able to drink enough, you can easily suffer from a heat stroke.
1. Wear cool clothes. T-Shirt and shorts/skirts are best. If you are working and are supposed to wear formal clothes, ask if your company allows cool-biz.
2. Stay indoors and if you are outdoors, try to stay in the shade. Especially if you plan on staying outside for more than 20 min, put on sunscreen with a high UV.
3. Wear a hat and/or a parasol, and/or sunglasses. Find something you feel comfortable with and do not hesitate to put it on immediately after you leave the house.
4. Drink plenty of water and get enough salty food. Luckily in Japan the next vending machine is not far, so you will not have to suffer long if thirsty!
5. Keep exercising to a certain limit and avoid being outside during the hottest time of the day (around noon).