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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 anaemia or hypothyroidism. Here are a few more common health conditions that can cause you to feel cold all the time.

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Anaemia

Anaemia is a blood disorder that affects the count of your red blood cells. As key components of blood, their job is to carry oxygen through the bloodstream to all vital organs and cells. The red blood cells are able to perform this function because of a compound called haemoglobin, which helps bind to oxygen temporarily.

Low blood pressure

Low blood pressure, is a condition where your blood vessels shift blood away from your extremities and direct it toward the vital organs. This leaves you with fingers and toes that are always cold. The Symptoms of hypotension include dizziness, blurry vision, fatigue, nausea, weakness, and confusion.

Stress and anxiety

Feeling stressed, coupled with chronic sleep deprivation and anxiety, takes its toll on the body in a myriad of ways. As your strained body goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode and the adrenaline surges, your blood flow is redirected to your larger organs and not your extremities, leading to cold hands and feet.

You skip out on sleep

Not getting a good amount of sleep is another reason you might always be wondering, ‘Why am I always cold?’. Although research on sleep and feeling cold is mixed, chronic fatigue can slow down your metabolism, leaving you feeling chilly during the day. If you’re staying up later than usual, your core body temperature might drop during the same time it would if you were asleep.

You’re dehydrated

When your body doesn’t have enough water, it can’t circulate blood as effectively. Water also holds heat, meaning dehydration could leave your body without H2O’s temperature-retaining benefits. To keep yourself hydrated, aim to drink half your weight in ounces of water, she recommends.

By Damilola Faustino

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