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Freezing showers

Discussion in 'I Have a Question...' started by Dying embers, Feb 20, 2008.

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  1. Dying embers

    Dying embers Well-Known Member

    I really really really love these! I'm just out of a shower right now and I feel so alive, but also a bit worried. See, when I started taking these about a month ago, it was a real effort to even stay under the shower for a few seconds, my whole body would just be screaming at me to get out. But it was also kind of an adrenaline rush, because apart from the blood vessels dilating there's the fact that the shower at my house gets louder and more powerful the colder you switch it to, so on freezing it's absolutely roaring in your ears and you feel like you're being pummeled by a water cannon. The world outside the shower dims and you feel like you can't escape. In short, it's everything to make the adrenaline system go insane! But after a while it becomes so pleasant and such a sure fire shot of life into even the most mundane of days. But I just noticed now, that while I'm still getting the adrenaline buzz, I'm feeling more and more comfortable in these showers every day. I just stayed in for 25 minutes there, and by the end I had a warm sensation all over, I couldn't feel the water hitting my skin anymore, and I could feel blood pulsing through my head in a very pleasant way. Then it hit me, this is what being in bed on a winter morning feels like! And given what my track record on managing to get up in those situations is like, it freaked me out that I could very conceivably stay under that shower til I froze to death. It put me in mind of those poor lobsters who boil to death with no fuss cos they don't notice the gradual increase in heat.
    So my question is this, does anyone know how long is safe to stay in these showers? I can't find any answers on the web but I've seen suggestions that biological info can make a difference, so I'm average weight, 21, female caucasian if that helps. Thanks a mil!
  2. That was...um, interesting actually! I wonder if some of the symptoms of hypothermia apply (I seem to recall 'euphoria' being one of them...). Maybe check your body temp with a thermometer??
  3. Lead Savior

    Lead Savior Well-Known Member

    In extreme cold, your blood vessels are contracting actually (in your extremities, that is, to minimize heat loss) and blood is redirected to the important parts of your body: namely your core organs and your brain. I think that explains the euphoric feeling.

    As for how long it is safe to stay, I would say once numbness sets in and not much longer.
  4. Dying embers

    Dying embers Well-Known Member

    Good idea, thanks! But what would be a warning temperature do you think? Seeing as I can always get into heat instantly I just have to stay above consciousness losing levels right? D'you have any idea what that might be around? And is it safe to constantly approach dangerous levels of coldness as long as you never quite get there?
    I know nothing about hypothermia, but I'm pretty sure I don't have it as I'm feeling fine now and I'm pretty sure it's not the kind of thing that comes on for minutes at a time right?

    Maybe I should wear thermogoggles into the shower and stop once I see myself disappearing :smile:

    Ah, ok. Thanks, it's always nice to know the science behind these things. :smile:
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  5. Couldn’t find much at all on repeated Hypothermia, except for testing on rats. Also,the temperature of animals that hibernate actually goes down when they're "asleep", but I don't know how much lower...

    It’s also used in some surgeries on humans – though obviously not repeatedly on the same patient! :blink:

    "Hypothermia is defined as an internal body temperature less than 95 F (35 C).
    Signs and symptoms usually develop slowly. People with hypothermia typically experience gradual loss of mental acuity and physical ability, so they may be unaware that they need emergency medical treatment.

    To care for someone with hypothermia:

    Don't apply direct heat. Don't use hot water, a heating pad or a heating lamp to warm the victim. Instead, apply warm compresses to the neck, chest wall and groin. Don't attempt to warm the arms and legs. Heat applied to the arms and legs forces cold blood back toward the heart, lungs and brain, causing the core body temperature to drop. This can be fatal.

    Don't give the person alcohol. Offer warm nonalcoholic drinks, unless the person is vomiting..."

    Full article:


    Suggest you do some more of your own further research...
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  6. Lead Savior

    Lead Savior Well-Known Member

    Yeah I thought it was pretty amusing that if you apply direct heat to a frostbitten limb, you can thaw frozen blood in that limb which gets sent to the heart and can shock it into arrest


    I mean logic-defying shit like that is always interesting
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