22. Heat Also Calms Depression
A study led by psychiatrist Clemens Janssen at the University of Wisconsin- Madison was conducted to show that hyperthermia can actually help to reduce symptoms associated with taking anti-depressants. Although anti-depressants are an important part of the treatment for depression, they come with a host of side-effects that can be really hard to manage. The side-effects could range from weight gain, weight loss, loss of appetite, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and so on.
When patients were put through the hyperthermia treatment, they experienced mild and manageable symptoms such as dehydration, nausea, and headaches. This could mean that exposure to mild heat such as through a session of hot yoga, a hot shower, or a sauna bath could be better cost-efficient ways to relieve the mind.