If you are more irritable this week, blame the wind. After "Gabriel", a new storm has reached the Penínula. The State Agency of Meteorology (AEMET) has activated the warning in 15 provinces due to strong blizzards. In the Levant, La Rioja, Aragon and the northwestern part of Castilla y León the alert is yellow and tomorrow is expected to spread to almost the entire Peninsula, with Galicia being the most affected community with an orange alert (significant risk).
With that information you already have the perfect excuse to excuse your bad mood. It happens that the current gusts of wind, cold and wet, contain positive ions, which are those that negatively influence the health of people. "First of all, we must bear in mind that changes in times affect us and more when they are rapid, in the case of wind, it depends on their load," says health psychologist José Elías. "Si is negative has a revitalizing action for health, keeps people active and on alert. On the contrary, the positive charge makes people hyperexcitable, suffer insomnia headaches and physiological, asthmatic and cardiac problems ".
Now the wind, explains this psychologist, "goes with negative ions, because they are wet and cold." In addition, because they are strong, they even affect the physiological level, making breathing difficult and accentuating rheumatic pain ".
The meteorologist Juan Carlos Molina is one of the great experts in the matter. In a large article he explained the effects of wind on mental health. "We know that the human body behaves like a polarized bioelectric machine and that it is sensitive to all the electromagnetic activity of its environment." Studies carried out since the beginning of the 20th century show that when the air has an excessive charge of positive ions, it acquires disturbing effects that affect the health and mood of people. "
The Foehn is one of the most interesting meteorological phenomena of study due to its relationship with mental pathologies. This phenomenon appears when a mass of humid cold air collides with a mountain range, producing precipitations on the windward slope. Later, when this mass descends the leeward slopes, it becomes a mass of dry and compressed air, producing a strong evaporation and dissipation of the clouds. This overheated and dehydrated wind descends to the bottom of the valleys causing a sudden rise in temperature of more than 1 O degrees in a few hours and 15 to 25 degrees in two or more days.
Numerous researchers have studied its effects and it has been shown that the Foehn effect aggravates psychological disorders, such as anxiety and restlessness, psychomotor agitation syndrome, irritability, headaches, decreased attention, nervous excitement and especially the increase in aggressiveness. The phenomenon is of such importance that in some countries, such as Switzerland, the Foehn effect is considered mitigating by criminal legislation in the case of the commission of certain crimes.
In Spain, the Foehn effect occurs, above all, to the South of the Central System, in La Mancha. But also There are other types of very annoying peninsular winds, such as the tramontana in Catalonia, the Cierzo in Aragón, the Galerna in Cantabria and the Levante in the Mediterranean area.