13 Reasons You're Always So Hot And Sweaty

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Sweating this much isn't normal.

Do you sweat while you’re sitting on the couch binging on Netflix? Feel like your face is on fire sitting at your desk at work? Are you constantly asking, "Why am I always hot?" or fiddling with your thermostat?

You’re not alone. Though hot flashes in women are normal, if you feel like you’re way hotter than all your friends (and not in a Regina George kinda way), there might be a legit medical reason.

1. Hyperthyroidism

Your thyroid gland regulates production of hormones that can affect, among other things, body temperature. If it’s out of whack, you will feel hotter than normal and may also experience digestive issues, “sudden weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nervousness or irritability.”


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2. Stress

When you’re under a lot of stress, a part of your brain called the hypothalamus can go bananas and not do its job. The hypothalamus regulates body temperature and helps you maintain that comfy 98.6. When it’s not performing as well as it should, you can feel hot as a result.

Do some deep breathing, go for a walk, take a vacation — do what you can to lower your stress level and your body temp should follow suit.

3. Caffeine

Everyone’s favorite drug caffeine is a stimulant, and when you drink too much coffee or have one too many iced lattes, you can get overheated. Put down your mug, leave the coffee shop and drink some water. You’ll feel better in no time.

4. Perimenopause

You may think you’re too young, but it’s possible. Perimenopause starts up to 5 years before legit menopause and makes your hormones go wonky. You may be having hot flashes as a result and not even realize it.

Check your family history. If mom started menopause early, that may be the culprit!

5. Spicy foods

If you regularly nosh on a super-hot curry or ask for extra jalapeños on your taco, your core temperature can get a little higher than normal. Some studies even show that spicy food is good for overall health, so don’t sweat it. If you think it’s excessive, check with your doc.

6. Exercise

If you just did a round of hot yoga, you might expect to be a sweaty mess, but sometimes the elevation in your core temp can linger after the sore muscles have faded a bit. A regular exercise routine raises your body temp by increasing your metabolism and causing your body to heat up while burning all those calories. Just remember to stay hydrated!

7. Dehydration

When you’re hot, your body produces sweat to help lower your temperature. Sweat carries heat to the surface of your skin, then cools by evaporation. If you are dehydrated, you may not have the water necessary to produce sweat needed to keep you cool. Drink plenty of water and other fluids and you should cool down.


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8. Weight

If you’re carrying around extra pounds and feeling hot, your weight might be the reason. The surface area to body mass ratio is higher, meaning that you have less skin to cool more body, meaning your normal temp might be a touch higher and it might take you a little longer to cool down than someone smaller.

9. Ovulation

Hormones switch roles during ovulation with estrogen taking a backseat to progesterone. Progesterone, along with being a major hormone involved in maintenance of pregnancy, also causes an increase in core temp and can make you feel hotter than normal.

10. Pregnancy

Pregnancy makes your entire body lose its bearings. Hormones are in a tailspin and everything is ramping up, including your body temperature. Drink cold water, invest in a good fan, and wear cool, breathable clothes (muumuus are totally a thing when you’re pregnant).

11. Psyching yourself out

If you're asking yourself, "Why am I always hot?" you may only think you’re really hot. The brain loves to play tricks, so if you feel hot but then see that it’s only 68 degrees in your apartment, you may chill right down.

12. Not used to higher temperatures

If you move from Maine to Florida, you’re gonna be hot. Everyone else may be out enjoying what they consider a beautiful spring day at 85 degrees and you’re sweating your butt off standing in front of the AC vent for hours. You should eventually acclimate, but it may take a season or two to get used to a new climate.

13. Medications

There’s a whole slew of prescription drugs that list hot flashes as side effects. Antidepressants and opioid pain relievers are the usual suspects, so if you’re on them, mention your temperature woes to your doc.


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Kristi Pahr is a freelance writer and mother who spends most of her time caring for people other than herself. She is frequently exhausted and compensates with an intense caffeine addiction. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, Well + Good, Men's Health, Prevention, and many others.

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