Struggling with productivity? You may want to check the thermostat.

Struggling with productivity? You may want to check the thermostat.

Jokes about women always being cold and men always being warm are seemingly as old as time.

But a recent study published in the journal PLOS One suggests an increase in women’s productivity in warmer environments. The study consisted of 543 students doing math and verbal tests in a room at 61 degrees Fahrenheit, and then 91 degrees Fahrenheit. Women answered significantly more correct questions when in the warmer room.

“In the workplace specifically, studies show most offices have temperature standards based on that of a 40-year-old man, weighing 155 pounds,” said Dr. Jacqueline Koski, a family medicine physician at Aurora Health Center in Neenah, Wis. “Since women make up nearly half of the workforce, these standards aren’t very practical.”

“Several biological factors explain why women tend to be colder than men,” said Dr. Koski. “Differing metabolic rates, hormones, muscle mass and blood vessel location all play major parts.”

Additionally, the study illustrates women prefer temperatures 5 degrees warmer than men.

Because the study suggests men are insignificantly affected by this increase in temperature, “this solution may be a win-win for all,” Dr. Koski says.

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  1. It’s no surprise this was written by a female Dr.
    As a man, I totally disagree with the last sentence implying “men are insignificantly effected by a 5 degree temperature increase”.

  2. Ditto – that’s exactly the opposite of what the referenced study said: “Men display the opposite pattern, performing better at lower temperatures.”

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Brianna Wunsch, health enews contributor, is a public affairs specialist for Advocate Aurora Health with a BA in public affairs from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. In her free time, Brianna enjoys living an active lifestyle through biking, hiking and working out at the gym, but even more than that, she especially loves spending quality time with her two cats (Arthur and Loki), son and husband.