Can anxiety increase body temperature?
Anxiety! A feeling that can make you sweat buckets in the chilly winter night, make your heartbeat go crazy for no reason, or leave you feeling like you’re constantly drowning in a sea of worries. But have you ever wondered if this all-consuming emotion could raise your body temperature as well?
Well, brace yourself because we are diving deep into the scientific world of anxiety-induced bodily reactions.
What is Anxiety and How Does it Work?
Before we get to our main question, let’s first take a quick tour through what exactly anxiety is and how it operates within our bodies.
Anxiety is often characterized by feelings of unease, nervousness or worry about future events. It’s that gnawing sense that something terrible might happen even when there isn’t any real threat present. As humans evolved with time(the tired one), our brains developed an intricate system to help us detect potential danger – the fight-or-flight response.
It fires up whenever we sense threats(real or imaginary), allowing us to either run away from predators(yep they still exist) or fight them off using increased physical strength.
The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol play critical roles during this process; Adrenaline increases heart rate(boosting blood flow), while Cortisol temporarily suppresses some normal bodily functions such as digestion(so basically don’t eat natural stuff before giving an Exam).
Once the perceived danger has passed /or solved?, cortisol production returns back to normal levels.
Now onto answering out main burning (pun intended ) Q …
Anxiety-Induced Increase In Body Temperature
You may have noticed after prolonged periods spent worrying excessively(which I know a lot amongst students ;)) tinglies on your fingertips throughout your entire upper torso sooting random itchiness especially hotspots: face,and ears, legs , but did these feelings suggest abnormal heat patterns? The short answer would be YES!
Lets check out some situations where this might happen:
– Fight-or-flight response: As previously mentioned, the fight-or-flight response activates when we sense danger. The boost in hormone production triggers a spike in heart rate and metabolic activity. It’s reasonable to assume that this could also cause higher body temperatures (which has more drastic effects aren’t pleasant at all).
– Anxiety disorder: People with anxiety disorders often experience heightened levels of stress hormones even outside dangerous situations. Studies have shown that these individuals may have hotter hands than those without diagnosed symptoms.
Also idividuals under constant Fear stimuli show increased skin temperature.
Mechanisms Behind This Anxious Temperature Fluctuations
So birdsong is straight with us ! But what are the Biological machinations responsible for heightened bodily temperatures during an anxious episode? Here are a few explanations:
Hormones : Official studies reveal the array of hormones discussed before when talking about fight or flight responses, particularly Cortisol(blame it again) ,may play critical roles in warming up our bodies.
In addition, cortisol also inhibits blood vessels’ expansion – a process usually used to regulate temperature fluctuations based on environmental conditions(similarly hypertension (involuntary elevations) caused by anger, usually follow similar logic). Will come back later here probably!!!
The psychological influence on body regulation and functioning exceed language barriers. Emotional states such as anxiety or sadness sometimes trigger physical sensations(for which scientists still try determining why a discussion left hanging), like increased body heat patterns.
Stressful events can lead to irregular sleep routineses/habits since your sleep is very disrupted causing certain chemical imbalances leading especially insomnia so basically you’re just different levels of grumpy through out night( happened with me watching GOT Season Finale). Prolonged periods spent awake result in changeable core/partial temperature fluctuations.
Worth noting though research seems to be mixed on this one, but it’s not entirely impossible that psychological stimuli/on-set of disorder/continued warinigs might influence body temperatures further (some of the causes could be) via brain activity.
- Increased Metabolism
Your body naturally works tougher under stress if your anxiety has ever led to sleepless nights or someone knowing their favourite show is about to end 😭. You may have noticed an increase in hunger levels during anxious periods, and much like a machine operating hard after being switched fully on ,it does come at cost i.e.more heat production(bodily warmth).
How To Combat Anxiety-induced Temperature Rise
So what happens when you’re dealing with constant bodily fluctuations resulting from increased anxiety? Here are some strategies worth trying out:
-Deep Breathing techniques: Deep breathing can help lower your respiration rate and reduce feelings of panic/heatwaves . Many people find great Like Steve cares solace in incorporating this idea as part of daily routineses.
-Maintain consistent sleeping patterns.
Exercising frequently(with moderation): Exercise not only kinda helps reestablish lost sleep schedules(which culminates over time), but also triggers endorphin circulation( literally happiness chemicals).
-Spending more time outdoors; especially exercising outside: This ain’t New York Times article but try just going better every day
-Trying herbal remedies(several thoughts here still ongoing preferred getting implemented by experts).
Above all else, seek professional help!
Professional help deals bring calmness away from repeated phases.You should consult a therapist for longer than normal episodes. The development of new coping mechanisms comes with many sessions(Onetime won’t work trust me I’ve tried.)
Anxiety can manifest emotionally within the Life challenges we navigate through everyday so receiving authentic explanations around physical side effects faced seems comforting(TMI?) . While hot flushes due to pangs/anxious streaks seem pretty much normal, of greater concern would be uncontrollable and consistent hot temperatures could potentially hold deeper underlying conditions( get your bodies therapist- cleared for it).
The answer to this Q remains a little fuzzy based on variations in scientofic research. Factors such as psychological responses/ physiological stimuluses / long term disorders contributing towards body temperature fluctuations.
In conclusion, taking care of the mind is just as important(mostly important) if not more than looking out for the physical being – both go hand-in-hand. Don’t let Anxiety drive you away from feeling alive/enjoying normalcy!