- Some people are always cold, no matter the circumstances.
- As it turns out, there are a few reasons as to why someone might be cold all the time.
- Stress, certain medical conditions, and your body composition could all potentially be the reason why you’re always cold.
If light layers are your go-to and you always have a blanket at the ready, chances are you’re one of those people who are always cold regardless of the weather or the temperature of the room. But there are real reasons as to why you might be constantly cold, from serious stress to conditions like anemia or hypothyroidism.
One of the reasons some people are always cold is stress.
In an interview with Women’s Health, Dr. Michael Lynch, a clinical neuropsychologist, said an influx of stress can affect the hypothalamus , the region in your brain that makes hormones that help regulate your body temperature.
Stress can trigger a fight or flight response, which pulls blood away from the surface of your body and directs it to your organs. This leaves your hands and feet a bit colder than they would be otherwise.
There are also a number of chronic conditions that can also make you cold.
If you notice that you’re tired all the time and looking a little bit paler than usual, you could be dealing with anemia, which means you’re not producing an adequate number of red blood cells in order to properly oxygenate your body, WebMD noted.
AARP also noted that anemia can sometimes be a symptom of diabetes . If you have diabetes, you might also be dealing with some circulation issues, which can also make you colder more often.
Hypothyroidism is another condition that can cause you to be cold all the time. In an interview with Health, Dr. Holly Phillips, author of “The Exhaustion Breakthrough,” said your thyroid hormone helps regulate your metabolism , and since hypothyroidism causes you to not release quite enough, you might not be able to warm up.
Raynaud’s disease also causes you to feel cold or numb when the temperature dips or you’re feeling especially stressed. Mayo Clinic noted that the condition can also make the smaller blood vessels in your body to constrict , which means the surface of your body might not be getting as much blood, keeping you cooler.
Raynaud’s disease is more likely to affect women, which could be one of the reasons why women are often associated with being colder.
You might have a lower proportion of muscle mass to body surface, as Minson said, and hormone changes can also play a role , Medical News Today noted. Additionally, a 2012 study published in “Twin Research and Human Genetics” found that there’s a genetic link to having cold hands and feet.
If you’re always cold, no matter why that might be, raising the issue with your doctor can help you get to the bottom of it. Whether it’s because of your body composition or because you have some sort of condition, there might be something that you can do to combat it. Figuring out why you might be so cold is the first step to warming up a bit.
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