The weather outside is frightful, but you’re trying to make it more delightful by warming up.
Too bad you may be doing it wrong.
Here are 3 myths you probably believe about staying warm—and the chilly truth behind them.
Myth #1: Drinking hot drinks warms you up
What you think: Hot chocolate, coffee, apple cider: each warms your body up while tantalizing your taste buds. It’s a win-win!
The Truth: Warm drinks actually cool you down by causing you to sweat (which is your body’s cooling mechanism).
Long story short, when you drink something hot, a receptor in your tongue tells your brain “It’s getting hot in here,” according to Peter McNaughton, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge.
Your brain then tries to cool you down the best way it knows how: sweating.
Myth #2: You lose most of your heat from your head
What you think: They say you lose 50%-70% of your body’s heat through your head. So, you just need a cap, right?
The Truth: There’s nothing special about your head. Your body loses heat relative to the amount of exposed skin, according to University of Michigan professor Andrew Maynard.
So don’t overestimate the cap. Invest in a good jacket.
Myth #3: Take a warm shower to warm up
What you think: Brr, it’s freezing outside. Maybe taking a shower will warm your body up?
The Truth: Showers provide momentary warmth. But once you get out, your core body temperature will drop sharply.
Because of extreme evaporative cooling. Basically, the warm water on your skin is evaporating quickly, carrying heat away with it.
It’s just like when you sweat—but more noticeable.
The smartest way to stay warm at home:
Keep your furnace in shape. Simple.
The last thing you want is to wake up in the middle of the night to an icy home and a dead furnace.
Here are 4 ways to prevent furnace fails so you don’t freeze:
- Don’t ignore strange noises your furnace makes.
- Check the furnace filter once a month, change if it’s dirty.
- Open air vents (yes, even in unused rooms)
- Get professional maintenance once a year (so you don’t void the warranty)
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