Genesis 31:40 – This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.
Where I live, we’re in the oven as summer is in full force. Can you believe temperatures of 110 or 111? Yep, that’s what we get for weeks on end. No, I don’t live in the desert, but it sure feels like I am in the summer.
Spring and fall are for the most part days of beautiful weather. Winters can be cool, but summers make up for the cool, replacing it with heat. However, if we had our spring and fall temperatures all of the time, we’d be a city of 100,000 people instead of just 14,000.
Let’s leap to what’s really serious about summertime wherever you live – if you stay too long out in the sun and become dehydrated due to lack of fluid intake, you may find yourself in the throes of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
It’s important to learn about these conditions and how they can be avoided. First off what do they mean?
According to webmd.com in their article, “Heat Exhaustion,” the can condition can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures and comes alongside dehydration. Heat exhaustion can come with water depletion and its signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness. Salt depletion also can occur with signs of nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and dizziness. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is far more serious than heat exhaustion because it can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death. The article also lists more symptoms of heat exhaustion, how to prevent it and how to treat it.
The writer of the Bible verse above had heat and cold keeping him from sleeping. We, too, can miss a lot of sleep when the weather takes steep highs and deep lows. The secret is to be prepared ahead of time before it hits. Be sure to have fans, lots of cold bottled water and sunscreen for your body. And in reverse, take out your winter quilts and hot water bottles to help warm you when it’s very cold outside. Stay prepared and use God’s wisdom when it comes to deciding how long to stay outside so that you don’t increase the risk heat exhaustion and heat stroke along or hypothermia. This way you can also avoid losing that much needed sleep.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.