Health Watch: Stay healthy and safe on your vacation
TIP OF THE WEEK
Follow these tips to avoid heat exhaustion
Sandy beaches, poolside drinks — and a headache that makes you see double. The last thing you want on your tropical vacation is a bout of heat exhaustion. With these tips from the Mayo Clinic, you can get back to the task at hand: Having fun.
— Let yourself acclimate. If suddenly exposed to an increase in temperature, your body may need several weeks to adjust. Since you don’t have that kind of time, be sure to wait at least a few days before taking on vigorous exercise.
— Ask about medications. Certain medications can make heat exhaustion more likely. Talk to your doctor before your trip to confirm whether this applies to you, and if so, what you can do to avoid overheating.
— Avoid sunburns. Sunburns not only make you feel uncomfortable, they make it more difficult for your body to cool down. Apply sunscreen any time you’re heading outside.
4 ways to avoid a cycling accident
With more cities designating bike lanes, an increasing number of people are biking to work. Yet the thought of riding in high-traffic areas can be intimidating. Here are four safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
— Get a bike fit: If your bike is too big for you, it will be harder to control.
— Make yourself visible: Attach a light to your helmet, as well as to the front and rear of your bike. In dark or low-visibility conditions, like fog, use reflective stickers and clothing to make yourself stand out.
— Ride defensively: Assume the drivers and pedestrians sharing the road don’t see you, and keep your focus on any obstacles (e.g., potholes, rocks, train tracks) on the path ahead.
— Tuck and tie: Make sure your shoelaces and pant legs aren’t loose, or they could get caught in your chain.
3 health must-dos for night-shift workers
You’re coming off your shift while others are just waking up to start their day. Your routine is different, but your health is just as important. Protect your well-being and stay on the job with these three health tips from US News & World Report.
— Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. It can be tough to sleep against your own natural rhythm, but doing so will support your health. Create a dark environment and avoid coffee or other caffeinated beverages toward the end of your shift.
— Keep your workplace well lit. Light naturally sends signals to your brain to stay awake. Make sure your workstation is bright to help you stay sharp and make the most of your shift.
— See a doctor if you need help. Nighttime work can be lonely, but you don’t have to face your health concerns alone. If you’re struggling, see your doctor immediately.