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Why does being hydrated make you sleep warmer?
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Rocco Speranza

Locale: Western NC Mtns
Why does being hydrated make you sleep warmer? on 01/24/2013 09:28:56 MST Print View

Why does being properly hydrated make you sleep warmer?

I feel as though this is a stupid question , but what is the science behind it?
I can see that if you have more water in you then it will help you have more thermal mass when you go to bed thus keeping you from loosing as much heat.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Why does being hydrated make you sleep warmer? on 01/24/2013 09:43:16 MST Print View

"...properly hydrated..."

In high intensity performance a 2% deficiency in hydration results in something like a 10% + decrease in output. Laying there in your sleeping bag isn't very demanding, but I would assume a similarity.

Being low on fluids impairs metabolism.
Low metabolism means low heat.

Just a wild a$$ guess.

Edited by greg23 on 01/24/2013 09:59:11 MST.

Rocco Speranza

Locale: Western NC Mtns
hmm... on 01/24/2013 10:52:26 MST Print View

Not quite sure why I didn't think about that. Did a quick search on how hydration affects your metabolism and makes sense that it would lower your body heat output if your metabolism is lower.

Thanks for the clarification!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Why does being hydrated make you sleep warmer? on 01/24/2013 14:58:21 MST Print View

I am not sure that it is quite that simple.

You do need water to aid in digestion, and digestion is what provides all the warmth in your body. However, I doubt that ordinary thirst would make much difference when you are lying down (exercising may be different). There's an awful lot of water in your body even when you are thirsty.

I suggest that a significant effect is that when you are thirsty you just can't relax as well. So you stay awake and squirm around and that makes you get cold.

But, this is just a thought, based on how people get cold when they are trying not to go to the loo at 2 am. There may well be physiological factors I don't know about.


Edited by rcaffin on 01/24/2013 15:01:01 MST.

William Segraves
(sbill9000) - F - M
not a stupid question at all on 01/24/2013 18:45:52 MST Print View

No question about how something works is a stupid question, but this one is especially not stupid - darn good question!

I suspect that under most relevant conditions, it's the effect of dehydration on blood flow to your skin and extremities that makes you feel colder when you're a little dehydrated. Looks like there's a study showing this, available at .


Bill S.