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Strategies for managing increased sensitivity to heat and staying cool during hot weather

During the summer with a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), it's important to take extra precautions to handle the heat. Here are some tips:

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration, which can worsen TBI symptoms.

Stay Indoors During Peak Heat

Avoid going outside during the hottest hours of the day, typically between 10 am and 4 pm.

Use Cooling Devices

Use fans, air conditioning, or cooling clothing to keep your body temperature regulated.

Wear Sun Protection

Wear a hat and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to protect yourself from the sun.

Take Frequent Breaks

If you need to be outside, take frequent breaks in shaded areas to avoid overheating.

Plan Outdoor Activities Wisely

If you must be outside, choose cooler parts of the day, like early mornings or evenings.

Know Your Limits

Listen to your body and avoid overexertion. Pace yourself during physical activities.

Monitor Symptoms

Be aware of any changes in your TBI symptoms during hot weather, and seek medical attention if necessary.

Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

These can contribute to dehydration, so it's best to limit their consumption during hot weather.

Keep Others Informed

Inform family, friends, or caregivers about your condition and the precautions you need to take.

Remember, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety during the summer, especially with a TBI. If you have specific concerns or symptoms, consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice.

Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts


Amy Roberts is a dedicated individual with a diverse background in healthcare and education. As a former Recreational Therapist, she has helped individuals of all abilities discover the joy of leisure activities as a means of promoting well-being. Her experience as a Special Education Teacher has equipped her with valuable skills in creating inclusive learning environments and supporting students with diverse needs. Amy has also served as a trainer, sharing her expertise and knowledge with others in the field. In addition, she has been a devoted caregiver for her spouse who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), supporting and navigating the challenges that come with such a role. Amy’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others serves as an inspiration to all those who have the privilege of crossing paths with her.

The Brain Injury Association of Tennessee (BIAT) is an awareness and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of TBI survivors and their caregivers.

BIAT does not provide medical diagnoses, treatments, or advice. All medical treatments should be discussed with your provider.