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Heat and Cold sensitive - during Stress and Exhaustion: Understanding the Causes

Uppdaterat: 5 juli 2023


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Increased sensitivity to heat or cold can be a common bodily response during times of stress. This can be attributed to several factors.

Vasoconstriction: When the body experiences stress, the hormone adrenaline increases, causing blood flow to increase and the heart rate to rise. This reaction can result in the narrowing of blood vessels in the skin, reducing blood flow to the skin and making the body feel warmer. As a result, the contrast between body temperature and the surrounding air can amplify, leading to an increased sensitivity to cold.

Sweating: Similarly, stress can affect body temperature by increasing activity in the sympathetic nervous system, which triggers sweating. This can result in an increased sensitivity to heat.

Immunesystem cytokines: Stress can also impact the body's immune system by elevating levels of inflammatory cytokines. These cytokines can heighten the sensitivity of the nervous system, leading to increased pain sensitivity as well as sensitivity to heat or cold.

Other factors: Additional factors that can influence sensitivity to heat or cold during stress include dehydration, lack of sleep, poor dietary habits, and excessive consumption of caffeine or other stimulants.

Overall, stress can manifest in various ways, and heightened sensitivity to temperature is one of them. Understanding these factors can help in managing and mitigating the effects of stress on the body's thermal sensitivity. What can you do about it?

  1. Avoid excessive exposure to cold or heat.

  2. Dress appropriately.

  3. Take care of yourself: Sleep, diet, meditation, physical activity.

  4. Reduce consumption of stimulants like caffeine.

There are several ways to manage sensitivity to heat or cold during stress. These include avoiding excessive exposure to extreme temperatures, wearing appropriate clothing to protect against heat or cold, staying hydrated to prevent dehydration, getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, and reducing the consumption of stimulants such as caffeine. But as any other post i cannot push on the following enough: Relaxation techniques, yoga, meditation, and regular physical activity will help reduce stress and consequently decrease sensitivity to heat or cold.


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