You know the expression ‘cold hands, warm heart’?
I must have the heart of Mother Teresa, because my mittens are always freezing. Don’t get me started on the feet — my long-suffering husband has accepted his role as human hot water bottle, and knows better than to complain about ice-cold toes on the back on his legs at night.
So why is it some of us feel like we’re living in Antarctica, while others are constantly having to fan themselves? Turns out, there are a few reasons.
Our brains are largely responsible for regulating our body temperature. To be more precise, the 'hypothalamus' produces the hormones we require to set our internal body temperature, and works with the receptors on our skin to let us know how cold we feel in our environment.
Just like everything else in life, our brains and receptors are all going to be different. Therefore, some of us will naturally feel colder or warmer than others. (Post continues after gallery.)
Women typically feel the cold more than men, and this is for several reasons. Firstly, women have less body fat and muscle mass, both of which work to keep the body insulated and warm.
A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health also found women are more likely to be sensitive to surrounding temperatures, while 1998 research suggests women tend to have colder extremities than men. Feel free to use that argument next time your partner hogs the doona at night.