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What is Thermoception?

What is Thermoception?

Thermoception is our sense of temperature.

It allows us to know if we are too hot or cold.

What does under-sensitivity look like?

If you're under sensitive to it you might not feel the cold or the heat.

This can mean:

  • you don't wear enough clothes in winter or wear too many in summer

  • you forget sunscreen as you're not aware your skin is burning or warm

  • you can miss the signs of thirst from heat and only recognize this is a problem when you feel faint or tired

  • that your limbs go blue from the cold

This can be a problem as even though you may not be aware of your body's or the environment's temperature it can still cause you harm!

​It's also possible to be oversensitive to one temperature but not another.

What does over-sensitivity look like?

If you're over-sensitive to it you might feel cold or heat a lot more than other people.

It can mean that you:

  • wear too much or too little clothing

  • get sunburned from not enough clothing or overheat due to too many clothes

  • avoid showers and baths as the water and the temperature of the room can be too hot or cold

  • avoid going outside where the temperature is out of your control

What helps?

  • having reminders to use sunscreen or wear clothing

  • having thermometers or calendars and weather apps and trackers

  • schedule heating so that way you don't have to think about it

  • making sure that you wear protective clothing to prevent sunburn and frostbite

  • do what feels comfortable to you