Mom was right about bringing your sweater! A normal body temperature is 98.6 °F but a drop by just a few degrees can be hazardous to your health. For example, a drop in body temperature to 95 °F can cause irregular heartbeat and even lead to hypothermia.
Some signs of low body temperature, known as hypothermia are:
- weak pulse
- confusion and sleepiness
- shivering or stiffness in the arms or legs
- slow slurred speech, or shallow breathing
As our body ages, the ability to maintain a regulated body temperature declines. Here are a few ways to keep warm:
Avoid cold places and weather if possible.
Wear multiple layers of loose fitting clothing when exposed to cold temperatures. Avoid tightly-fitted clothes which can restrict blood circulation.
Wear a hat (even indoors)
Use a blanket as an additional layer
Warm up with warm drinks – (ex. teas, hot chocolate, coffee)
Make sure to eat enough to keep your up your weight. Body fat helps you stay warm.