Picture it: you’re out for a walk in the autumn and that you are wearing a down jacket, while your male companion in a vest. Whether you’re in the office, shivering under a blanket and wishing you had a heater, while your male colleagues to lose, layer after layer. As it turns out, there are actual, scientific reasons why that is the case. Read on for the evidence you need for the next time that you want control of the thermostat:
1. Women have higher core body temperatures than men.
This seems counter-intuitive, but stay with us. A study done by the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the JAMA Network] has shown that, although the body temperature will vary from person to person, from day to day, women body temperatures were consistently higher than the male counterparts. So that would mean that we would be warmer then, anyway? Error! When your body is accustomed to hot, cold air still feels cooler on the body.
2. Women on birth control to even have a higher core body temperature.
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All of the above goes double if you are using hormonal birth control. Hormones have an influence on your body, though you may not notice it. So just because birth control affects of female hormones, it can also increase your body temperatureeven further, making you more sensitive to the cold.
3. Women have colder extremities then men.
The first thing you often hear women say when they see how cold they are: their hands and feet freeze. This is real: according to a study published in the BRITISH Medical Journal The Lancet, women’s hands and feet are colder than men by a few degrees. If your hands and feet are suffering, it is unlikely that the rest of you feel warm and comfortable.
4. Women have a slower metabolism than men.
This stinks for two reasons: According to an article published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, men have a metabolism that is about 23 percent higher than that of women. Your metabolism is the speed at which you burn food to fuel the body, and as a by-product of that process, the heat of the body. So women’s bodies are colder than men, because our metabolism is slower and that is the reason why we eat less of cookies without gaining weight. Womp.
5. Building temperatures are set on the basis of male metabolism.
Your office is really for you— at least temperature-wise. According to research published in the journal Nature, the most workplaces thermostats are set on the basis of a model developed in the 1960’s, which only take into account the male metabolism (probably because at the time that there is not a lot of women are there to complain.) Not cool, office managers. Pun intended.