Heat Related Illness

Contrary to popular belief, heat illnesses do not exist on a continuum. You do not need to have heat cramps or syncope before you have heat exhaustion - Korey Stringer Institute

Heat Related Illness

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Why Does Being in the Heat Make Us Feel Tired?

If you're out and about on a sweltering day, it probably won't be long before you start to feel tired and sluggish. But why does being out in the heat bring on feelings of drowsiness?

The reason for this lethargy is simple: Your body is working hard to keep you cool, and this extra labor makes you feel tired, said Dr. Michele Casey, the regional medical director at Duke Health in North Carolina.

"Your body, especially in the sun, has to work hard to maintain a consistent, normal, internal temperature," Casey told Live Science.

On a hot day, your body makes several adjustments to maintain its temperature. For instance, it dilates your blood vessels, a process known as…

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