Why Do You Feel Tired After a Beach Day?

Enjoying the beach is healthy and fun, but you need to take some precautions into account. Otherwise, there can be negative consequences for your body that manifest themselves in fatigue.
Why Do You Feel Tired After a Beach Day?

Last update: 05 December, 2018

When summer is on its way, we prepare ourselves for fun, sunny days at the beach and swimming in the ocean. However, we can often feel exhausted after a day at the beach. We need to sleep in order to recuperate.

Why does a day at the beach make us feel tired?

Who has felt tired after a fun day at the beach? A beach day can leave us feeling as if we have just spent hours exercising! Why does something so pleasant and relaxing, bring us to a state of physical exhaustion?

Therefore, we should also emphasize that a day at the beach requires specific precautions. In the first instance, it’s essential to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. This will help to prevent sunburn and skin cancer. Because of this, use sun protection, stay in the shade, and drink plenty of water. These are our best allies for a healthy day at the beach.

Radiation from the sun, exposure to heat, and dehydration can make us feel exhausted after a day at the beach.

The radiation from the sun is mostly responsible for the fatigue we can feel after a day at the beach. When we expose ourselves to heat for many hours, we will experience sweating. 

Our body eliminates fluids and minerals and excessive exposure to the sun’s radiation can provoke dehydration.

When the body begins to lose a lot of fluid, it reduces the amount of oxygen it sends to the muscles. This is a natural defense mechanism to restrict metabolism and avoid even more loss of fluids. Lowering the metabolism makes us have less energy and gives us weaker muscles after a day at the beach.

If there is more dehydration than usual, the metabolism tries harder to retain as many fluids as possible. During this stage, blood pressure is low and causes us to feel tired. Some people feel dizzy and may even faint.

Three tips to avoid fatigue after a beach day

As we know, we need to be careful with the intense solar rays and heat during the summer. It’s not just to avoid fatigue and weakness, but also to maintain our optimum state of health.

Moderate exposure to the sun is beneficial and necessary for good body function. Vitamin D, for example, can only be synthesized with the help of the sun. A deficiency of this nutrient directly interferes with the absorption of calcium and can harm bones and our muscular structure.

However, some preventative measures are necessary to guarantee safe exposure and a healthy beach day.

Below are three tips on how to enjoy yourself on summer beach days without any risks:

Don’t forget your sunscreen

We need to use sunscreen when we are exposed to the sun. Whether we are working or just enjoying ourselves on the beach is irrelevant. Sunscreen is essential to lessen the intensity of the sun and its effects on the skin.

Always use sunscreen when exposed to the sun, to protect your skin from sunburn. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re exposed for just a short amount of time, sunscreen is still important on a beach day.

It’s best to consult with a trusted doctor, preferably a dermatologist, to advise you how to select an appropriate sunscreen for your skin type. Every person has their own specific needs.

Seek out the shade

To help lessen exposure to the sun’s rays and intense heat, look for a shady area. Don’t forget that shade is important for a beach day.

When the sun is at its strongest, we should be under the shade of an umbrella. This will allow us to relax and help to lower the temperature of our body.

Boost hydration

Loss of fluids is also responsible for tiredness after a day at the beach. The best way to avoid the feeling of weakness it to increase hydration. Besides drinking plenty of water, we can add fruits and juices that are rich in minerals. Good examples are watermelon, cantaloupes and oranges.

Remember to regularly drink water, fresh juices and consume fruits in order to hydrate yourself. This will help you to enjoy a fun beach day without the after affects of fatigue and weakness.

Also, it’s important to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, since they contribute to fluid loss. Eat lightly, include fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and limit fatty foods.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.