Unless we are wrapped in a thousand layers, the cold can take a huge toll on our bodies. It makes us feel uncomfortable as we struggle to stay warm in the winter and can make us feel – well, feel nothing, as it numbs our fingers and toes!
Keeping warm is not only essential to our comfort, but also has other benefits for our bodies and prevents the negative impacts of the cold.
Loss of Energy
When we’re cold, our bodies automatically tense up, as the body tries to create heat energy by expanding and contracting the muscles. However, when exposed to the cold for a long period of time, the amount of energy expelled from our body’s natural reactions can make us feel drained and tired.
It’s also harder to feel motivated during the darker, colder winter months. This can make it a lot harder to focus at work and the idea of doing any exercise becoming off-putting, which in turn makes us feel listless and dreary.
Cold Slows Metabolism
Your body naturally conserves energy in the cold weather to keep it warm. If you’re particularly prone to feeling the cold, then your metabolism could actually slow down as your body uses the energy to generate heat.
The myth is, however, that the rate that your body tries heat up in cold weather helps to burn more calories and quicken your metabolism. In fact, the opposite is true.
It’s no coincidence that the cold weather tends to make us feel more depressed. In fact, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very well-known condition. The lack of sunlight during darker, winter months can make one feel lethargic and sluggish, whereas higher temperatures and sunlight can bring a low mood up.
Apparently, balanced temperatures result in the happiest lifestyles. So if you’re feeling a little chilly, bringing your body temperature up to a nice level can do wonders for your mood.
At Noozie®, we know that one of the best ways to achieve comfort and contentment is to stay warm and cosy. With our rechargeable hot water bottle, you never have to brave being cold anymore! For further information about our products, contact us via our online enquiry form, otherwise check out our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages for updates.