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Do Women or Men Tolerate Cold Better?

Body Knowledge: Cold Hands, Warm Core?

The cooler temps of late Autumn spark what we call in our house the thermostat wars. Although the preferred temps in my home seem to vary greatly by gender, there is no clear-cut answer which sex tolerates cold better. Studies have found that women have a higher core temperature than men, but colder hands. I can vouch for the cold hands thing — can you? Although a warmer core temp means women are better able to protect their vital organs, all housed in the torso, cold hands mean less blood flow to extremities, creating an increased perception of cold. Then there is the theory that Aunt Ruby affects a woman's perception of cold. The changes in body temperature that accompany the menstrual cycle can affect the way a woman perceives cold temperatures. This theory is still under debate, but might be something to pay attention to when you reach for socks in the middle of the night.

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ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Cold hands and feet here! At least I can put on thick socks and slippers for my feet, but feel like a goof walking around with gloves on. Haven't noticed a difference during my period though. No thermostadt wars in our house. It's always cold (leaky old house) so we don't really turn the heat up too high (58 at night or when we aren't home, 60-62 when we are home, 64 when there is company). We wear lots of layers and have really comfy warm robes on hand! And we have lots of blankets available. We are also always spending time cooking dinner, which always warms up the house!
PinkCrayon PinkCrayon 7 years
My hands get cold very easily as well. Time to invest in new gloves!
imLissy imLissy 7 years
gosh, I'm always cold. Especially my hands. I get really cold when I have my period. I could sit out in the sun in 100 degree weather and not feel hot at all.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I am nearly ALWAYS cold. It doesn't matter how many layers I put on... I'll always be cold. I sleep with a hot water bottle for at least 11 months out of the year.
tigrelis tigrelis 7 years
This is definitely true for me. When my bf and I run outside in the fall or early winter, my hands are freezing while his are toasty warm, even though we are both exerting ourselves (me more so since I don't run as fast naturally!). Gloves or no gloves, it's always like this!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
My hands and feet are always cold, I'm always wearing socks around the house and to bed.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
My hands, feet, and nose are always really cold. I actually saw a doctor about it (yes, it was really bad) and he confirmed that I just have really poor circulation in my extremities. Oddly, though, the rest of my body is generally warm. I like the room to be really cold when I sleep, so usually I'll wear a tank top or t-shirt, wear gloves and socks, and have several blankets. I like to bundle up under the blankets while I'm falling asleep (but I like for my face to be cold), then I kick them off during the night.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
My hands are always cold - even in the summer time. Gloves is a must for me whenever I go for outdoor run from Sep to May
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I'm always cold when I'm on my cycle, even in the heat of Summer. My hands are often cold when the weather drops as well. My husband can get away with wearing a vest of some sort when we go out in cool weather to keep his core warm. He says that as long as his core is warm the rest of him is. Me, I need my arms to be covered in order to feel warm all over, so it'a sweater or jacket for me.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
This is such an argument in our house. I'm always cold during the day but I like to wear layers to keep warm. My husband is always cold but wants to turn the thermostat up because he prefers to be in short sleeves. Drives me crazy. Then we argue again at bedtime because I want to turn the temperature down at night since we're under all those blankets, no point in keeping the thermostat up high. However my husband sleeps naked, and he is one who gets colder as the night goes on. He refuses to sleep with clothes on too! UGH!! I tend to get heat flashes at night and I get so hot that I kick the covers off, so I need it cold to prevent that. Oh it's a battle royale in our house.
deanna024 deanna024 7 years
The whole period connection must be true! I find that in the winter when Aunt Flo visits, I'm way colder than normal and just can't warm up. My mom also experienced the same thing.
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