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Legs remain cool longer, sweat more during winter - why?

| Updated: January 16, 2023 19:30:20


Legs remain cool longer, sweat more during winter - why?

Back from work and straight inside the blanket to make your body warm. But after an hour, maybe, you notice that you've become warm bar your legs, which are partying in a swimming pool in Siberia!

This is an issue faced by many during winter nights when the legs simply don't want to get warm. Another common issue is sweating. Those whose legs usually don't sweat during hot summer days sweat for no reason on cold winter nights under the blanket or inside the shoes at the office.

Reasons behind cooling

Legs tend to stay cool for longer periods during the winter for a few reasons. One is that the body's blood vessels constrict in response to cold temperatures in order to preserve heat. 

This can lead to less blood flow to the legs, making them feel cooler. Additionally, the body's metabolism slows down in response to cold temperatures, which can also lead to a decrease in blood flow to the legs.

On the other hand, clothes are typically thicker and warmer during winter, which can also contribute to a decrease in blood flow to the legs. People often spend more time indoors during the winter, which can lead to a lack of physical activity. As a result, our legs do not work enough to create heat and remain cool for the best part of the day.

Reasons behind sweating

On the other hand, legs sweat more in shoes during the winter for a few reasons. One is that shoes and boots can trap heat and moisture, which can lead to an increase in sweating as the temperature outside the shoe is much lower during winter. 

It's important to note that sweating is the body's natural way of regulating temperature and preventing overheating. While sweating more in shoes during the winter can be uncomfortable, it is a normal and healthy response to the colder temperatures.

Some other reasons can be attributed - thyroid problems, unstable fever, lower blood sugar, etc., which can lead to uncomfortable sweating of your legs in cold temperatures. 

To avoid the discomfort of sweating in shoes, it's important to choose shoes that are made of breathable materials and to wear socks that wick away moisture. 

It's also important to take breaks during the day to give your feet a chance to air out and to remove your shoes and socks if possible. 

Additionally, it's important to keep the feet clean and dry to prevent the growth of bacteria, which can cause odours and infections.

On the other hand, some people may have medical conditions that can cause increased sweating, such as hyperhidrosis. If you're experiencing excessive sweating that is causing discomfort or embarrassment, it's advisable to speak with a healthcare professional to determine the cause and to discuss treatment options.

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