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Slept badly again, everything goes wrong. Is it the full moon? At the time change? Or the temperature drop? Here's how the weather affects our bodies.

Sleep problems, migraines, upsets. Some people are extremely responsive to external stimuli, be it the weather or the moon. In the spring, three disruptive factors follow each other closely: the switch to summer time, shortly thereafter full moon, then the April beats capers!

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Myth full moon

More births, restless nights, wandering sleepwalkers - these are just a few of many full moon myths. It is clear that the moon causes ebb and flow in the oceans. But to humans, so Roenneberger, the moon has almost no influence - neither on the menstruation nor on the birth rate.

The full moon is not to blame if we spend a restless night. Often, however, we are looking for an explanation of why we slept poorly. And then the moon is just right. As far as sleepwalking is concerned, they are heading for light sources, ie street lights or the full moon.

weather changes

Stormy wind, hair dryer, a temperature fall. Some do not mind, but every second suffers. Women more than men. Professor Angela Schuh, expert for medical climatology at the University of Munich: "Women have a thinner skin and feel about temperature changes than significantly more uncomfortable." Fast and strong changes of temperature and humidity are causing us the most. Normally, the body adapts to keep the temperature inside the body constant. When it's cold, the muscles are shaking to produce heat. In the heat we sweat to cool off. In weather-sensitive people lack the natural adaptability. This leads to disorders of body functions and poor health. Even more suffer weather-sensitive - these are people with a previous illness. Your symptoms are amplified. Example: severe pain in rheumatism.

book tips

INNER CLOCK Till Roenneberg: "How we tick: the importance of the internal clock for our lives, " Dumont, 19.95 euros.

BIOWETTER Angela Schuh "Bioweathers: How the weather affects our health", Beck, 7.90 euros.

For the most part, weather sensitivity is due to a lack of training: we spend too much time indoors and do not move enough in the air. Professor Schuh has developed a climate therapy with endurance training in wind and weather - ideally at the sea or in the mountains. This trains the vessels, promotes adaptation to temperature changes. Also, sauna and alternating showers regulate the circulation and stop the hypersensitivity. Important: keep the biorhythm. At the same time go to sleep and get up, even on Sunday.

Problem summer time

From the last weekend in March the summer time applies. During the night from Saturday to Sunday, the clock is presented one hour - at the expense of the night's sleep. Although 60 minutes less sleep does not seem to be much. After all, a flight over several time zones is usually easy. But "summertime is a much bigger burden on the organism, " says chronobiologist Till Roenneberg from the Institute of Medical Psychology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. That's because the sun, our most important clock, does not go along with the time change.
Roenneberg gives an example: "Imagine someone getting up every morning at seven o'clock. Then it is still dark in January. Gradually it gets light sooner, waking up is easier. But then the clock is presented, and suddenly it's dark again when the alarm rings. This throws the body rhythm back by three weeks. "The consequences: sleep disorders, fatigue, lack of concentration. Statistically, there is even an increase in heart attacks and accidents. Night people and people with a greater need for sleep especially suffer from summer time - only when the clock is reset in autumn, the world is back in time for them.

Who knows that he has problems with the summer time, should already go to bed earlier than usual on the evenings before the time change. Whoever usually takes a nap, should give it up in the first days. A walk in the morning and bright room lighting during the day help to imagine the inner clock. In the evening you should better avoid bright light. This makes it easier for the biorhythm to change.

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