The Heat Really Is Making You Lazy and Unproductive, Says Study

It's not you, it's the weather.
by Anri Ichimura for   |  May 26, 2021
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Summer laziness is a thing, according to science. That's right--it's not you, it's the weather. That productivity slump you're in might not be your fault. It might just be because we're living in an inferno. It's so hot, you can literally cook eggs under the sun.

According to a number of studies, hot weather leads to lower energy, so it's no wonder you're feeling less productive in the Philippines' dry season.

"Hot weather actually slows your body down. The hotter it is, the more energy you need to expend to keep yourself cool, which can mean activities you're used to doing easily—whether it's walking around outside or exercising at a certain intensity—take more effort," according to Quartz.

While we can blame the Philippines' hellish summers for making most of us lazy and unproductive, we can hardly use that as an excuse in school. Because according to Santiago Lorenzo, a physiologist and university professor in Florida, your body should actually adapt to the heat after around two weeks. Heat acclimation should get you back to normal, but it comes with risks, like heat stroke and the fact that heat can add stress to your body, of which we have already have plenty of, thank you very much.

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One study from reseachers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that warm weather made people less capable at cognitive tests, which comprised of simple things like choosing the best cell phone plan, assessing the risks of a lottery ticket, or picking a good deal. No doubt these "cognitive function deficits" were caused by lower energy resources, which are being redirected to temperature regulation instead of going to your brain.

In short, the hotter the weather, the slower people move. So if you're really that invested in getting back to productivity, it might be time to invest in a very big, very cold (inverter) aircon to get you through Philippines summers. Just mentally prepare yourself for the Meralco bill.

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