January 07, 2006

I Have a Question

I was in my bed, under a sheet and a good, warm comforter trying to read. But it was hard to hold the book because I was shivering. So I got up to turn on the heater and thought: "Well no wonder I'm so cold, it's 66 degrees in here!"

And that got me to wondering...

Why is it that if our normal body temperature is 98.6, we are not comfortable if the room is that temperature? Maybe some of you scientifics like
Hoss could tell me. I'm sure some of you will laugh as this was probably something I would have learned in school if I'd been paying attention.

***Update*** after reading one of the comments, I re-read my post and I don't think I worded it right. What I mean to say that I was my shivering in bed made me wonder why if we are 98.6 degrees, we're not comfortable at 98 degrees. I think I made it sound like I was wondering why I wasn't comfortable at 66. I just don't get it. If my house was 98 degrees I'd be uncomfortable. I guess I'm just too dense to understand it, but it seems like if the outside temperature matched my inside temperature I'd be happy, right?

20 Comments:

Blogger Trucker Bob said...

Can't wait to read his answer.

So how are things in your world Ivy? Got anything that needs rubbing? ( stop that! )

4:50 AM  
Blogger Jona said...

You need an electric bed blanket, Ivy! Wouldn't be without mine - even though I'm married to a Scot and their body temperature always seems to run higher than average ;o)

5:37 AM  
Anonymous TSB said...

Yea leave it to those who won't injure themselves by answering. My brain would explode if I tried to figure this question out.

6:24 AM  
Blogger bubba said...

Just shove that cat under the blankets. Thats what we do with the dog. That little heater loves it.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Like you Ivy I wasn't paying attention that day/year either, I'll have to check back later for the answer.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Marti said...

OMG, I was just wondering that myself!

We keep the furnace setting really low 'cause propane has gotten so danged expensive. Everyone wears extra sweaters and has electric blankets. But my hands get cold when I'm typing or reading too, and I was wondering that whole body temp thang!

Can't wait for some genius to come up with an answer - LOL!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Uh, guess I was sick that day. Probably out with a cold or somethin'. Hoss should just tell us all and get it over with.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I'm stumped.
I can't stand being cold. I'd rather be too hot than too cold. My back starts jerking when I get cold.

11:35 AM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

I think 98.6 is just our core temperature. We lose heat through our extremeties (head,hands,feet) and those are the parts of us that "feel" the coldest first. Plus, different peoples' bodies metabolize/distribute heat in a variety of ways and are sensitive in different ways. Wearing socks helps tremendously. The less body fat you have, the more you're apt to think of 66 degrees as chilly. I see tremendously heavy people out in 45 degree weather wearing only shirtsleeves and they're not bothered by cold in the least. New reader. How did you get the lovely background for your site? I mean, how did you get it to replace the regular Blogger templates?

12:19 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I laugh because that is something I thought only I would wonder about. hehehe

12:27 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac,
"The human body is a little heat-producing engine, generating its own internal warmth. When the outside air is cold, our bodies do a pretty good job of producing heat to warm us up. But when the outside temperature gets to be as hot as 98.6 degrees F, we just keep producing heat. That's when we start to sweat, as a means of regulating our internal temperature. At very high temperatures, we have trouble giving off enough sweat to cool ourselves down."

1:39 PM  
Blogger FTS said...

Sixty-six is just about the perfect temperature for my bedroom. If it's too hot I wake up sweating. And I stay inside if it's ninety-eight outside.

2:20 PM  
Blogger aka_monty said...

HA! I knew exactly what you meant. I've often wondered that myself~you'd think that when you're outside and it's 97-98º, it would be perfectly comfortable.

But NOOOOOOOOO, I started panting and sweating profusely and saying I can't STAND it, it's too HOT.
*sigh*

5:37 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Re update, wrong !

8:38 PM  
Blogger No_Newz said...

All I know kiddo is that if it were 66 degrees in June, I'd put the heat on. In January, I want heat. LOL! That makes no sense either right?
Lois Lane

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Simply Coll said...

We (and all mammals and birds) are considered warm blooded creatures. This means that our body temperatures remain constant, no matter what the air temperature is. To avoid losing body heat warm blooded animals need to maintain layers of fat, feathers or fur.

Cold-blooded animals, such as reptiles and amphibians, are dependent on the temperature of their surroundings... usually warmed by the sun.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Mountaingirl said...

I just happened by and was reading...that is so wierd. I was thinking the same thing the other day.
It looks like if we are 98.6 inside that it wouldn't bother us if the outside temp matched our inside.
Have you ever noticed too that kids never really seem to get cold.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Da Gal said...

well thank god my natural insulation keeps me warm. I haven't turned the heat on yet at my condo. (take into consideration I live on the 10th floor of a 20 story building so I get to rob others of their heat too.) In fact last night... I believe it was about 18 degrees outside and I slept with my window open all night long.

I think I must be a polar bear!

11:09 AM  
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