Raves are all about music, dancing and unforgettable experiences, but it's important to remember to put your health and safety first. This time we'll talk about over-hydration, a common but under-reported problem at raves. Here's what you should know:
The myth of "plenty of fluids at all costs":
It's easy to be tempted to drink a lot of water, especially if you're dancing for hours or taking psychoactive substances. However, too much water in a short period of time can lead to a health-threatening condition called hyponatraemia, where the sodium level in your blood drops to life-threatening levels.
Signs of over-hydration:
Look out for symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion and swelling. This could mean that your body's electrolyte balance has been disturbed by too much water.
Keep the balance:
Instead of sipping water continuously, practise conscious fluid intake. Sip water slowly throughout the event (no more than 3 cups per hour) and consider sports drinks or electrolyte supplements to help maintain the body's electrolyte balance.
Know your limits:
Understanding your body and the substances you take is very important. Some psychoactive substances can affect your body's ability to regulate water intake, making you more likely to become over-hydrated. Always check out the substances you are taking and be aware of their possible effects.