Winter is a weird and wonderful time of the year where weird and wonderful things can happen like snow on the mountain, hail or just being able to have hot chocolate any time of the day. However some of the things that happen to our own bodies can be more weird than wonderful during this chilly time. Here are just 4 interesting things that happen to our bodies during winter.
As we know, the kidneys are responsible for filtering waste out of your blood and creating urine. When it's cold outside, your kidneys have more blood to filter than normal because there's more blood pumping through your body. So, they end up producing more urine, and you have to pee more frequently.
Did you know that our fingers get shorter in winter? This is because when it’s cold so your blood vessels narrow in what’s called vasoconstriction. When this occurs, your body is trying to redirect blood to your essential organs and heat to your core.
Humidity usually drops in the winter because the colder weather can’t hold as much moisture as in the warmer months. The lack of humidity then causes areas of your body that like to stay moist like your eyes and noise to dry out!
During winter we are most likely to suffer from headaches more. It’s called a cold stimulus headache. These headaches are cause by cold winter air stimulating our brains, this then causes the blood vessels in our brains to constrict and then that discomfort causes a migraine-like-headache.
So if you have ever wondered why your fingers seem to get smaller, why your nose feels so dry or why you constantly have to leave the warmth of bed to go to the bathroom during winter, now you know!