Hypothermia is when the body’s core temperature drops from its usual 98.6 degrees, and becomes a medical emergency when dipping below 95 degrees or less. Anyone who spends extended periods of time outside in cold winter temperatures is at risk for hypothermia. In addition to the lowered temperature, someone experiencing hypothermia may suffer from extreme shivers, confusion, slurred speech, clumsiness, disorientation, dizziness and drowsiness.
When heading outdoors, make sure you dress warmly. It’s wise to dress in layers when you’ll be exerting yourself in frigid temperatures so that you can start out properly insulated, and then shed layers as your body temperature starts to rise as a result of your level of activity.
Make a point of wearing clothing made from synthetic materials to help conserve body heat. Avoid wearing clothing made from cotton fibers. If cotton gets wet, it takes some time to dry and during that time, you run the risk of becoming severely chilled and losing much needed body heat.