I am always cold. Even in the summeryime I sleep under a blanket. Not so much because I am cold but because it feels odd to not have a blanket. Now, I am always cold but there are others who tend to feel colder. My hands can ice up, but my sister feels cold in 80 degree weather. I kid you not. That is a bit extreme for me. Probably for most other people as well. I honestly can not comprehend feeling cold in 80 degree weather. But here is the thing, women tend to feel colder than men. It’s part of the never-ending room temperature fight.
What truly defines room-temperature? For many that may be 65 degrees and for others that is 80 degrees. For men and women there are stark differences. And those have been the point of heated discussions this past week due to news media highlighting research regarding temperatures and women’s optimal brain environment.
Here’s the thing. Past research has found that many workspaces use climate control systems based on the average metabolic rate of men. Not cool. Or rather very cool in the pun sense of the word. Supposedly, the ideal temperature for women is around five degrees warmer than it is for men. Women can function better in warmer temperatures. That would be why I always have sweaters and heaters in my offices. My office sweaters and heaters are apparently oppressing me. Well, not really. They help me, and other women according to a recently released study, reach optimal brain function and power in a higher set room temperature. No wonder I am so productive. Although, it would surely be nice if I didn’t have to travel with a heater under my arm.