If you need to pee more when it's cold you're not alone – there's a reason why

This is a phenomenon that is going to resonate with some people absolutely perplex others.

Have you ever noticed that you need to pee more when it’s cold outside?

There’s a genuine medical reason for this and, not only are you not alone, it’s relatively common.

It’s all cause by something called cold diuresis, which is a process your body goes through to regular itself when temperatures drop.

So, rather than just an arbitrary thing that happens, it’s actually all for a good reason.

Dr Diana Gall, from online service Doctor 4 U, says: ‘Cold diuresis can occur when the body’s temperature lowers.

‘The biological response is to redirect blood to the core to create warmth, while the kidneys release extra fluid to stabilise the pressure.

‘And it’s this process which boosts urine production, giving you the urge to wee more in the cold, winter months.’

Our bodies can be super weird, and there hasn’t been a plethora of research into the exact temperature it needs to be to start the process of cold diuresis.

Despite this, though, Dr Gall says: ‘We do know you’re likely to feel the effects if you’re standing around outside this winter – and it means you might need to know where the toilets are if you’re visiting the winter market.’

It’s not dangerous in most circumstances, but it can affect the balance of our bodies in terms of salt, water, and minerals, and become worrisome.

‘It can lead to conditions like ‘hyponatremia’, when there’s not enough sodium in the body, or ‘hyperkalemia’, too much potassium, and ‘hypokalemia’, not enough potassium,’ says Dr Gall.

‘All three of these conditions can prove fatal in extreme circumstances.’

Weirdly, it’s not just the fact you’re running around trying to find a loo while you do your Christmas shopping.

According to Phil Foster from energy-saving comparison site Love Energy Savings, businesses that employ lots of staff are likely to experience a higher water bill in the winter months because of the effects of cold diuresis.

He says: ‘If you’re one of the people who experience cold diuresis, you’re unlikely to notice a higher water bill just because you’re flushing the loo more regularly.

‘But if you employ a hundred people, it could be the reason you’re seeing a spike in your energy bill.’

The main way to stop cold diuresis is to wrap up warm and try to avoid standing outside for long periods of time.

Also, it may seem odd given we normally think of warmer climes and staying hydrated, but you should keep this mind even in the winter months.

Dr Gall says: ‘If you are weeing too much, you need to replenish fluids to avoid dehydration.’

Sadly, we don’t think mulled wine counts in the list of acceptable fluids.

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Paul Wesley Reveals When The Vampire Diaries Jumped the Shark, How He Wished It Had Ended

The “Tell Me a Story” star opens up about his time on the pop culture phenomenon CW series and how he influenced the direction of his character, Stefan Salvatore.

For a certain generation of fans, Paul Wesley will always be Stefan Salvatore, the immortal 17-year-old boy of their dreams who ripped his way into their hearts for eight seasons on "The Vampire Diaries."

It’s only been two-and-a-half years since we said goodbye to the Savlatore brothers and Mystic Falls, but it’s all fans wanted to talk about when the "Tell Me a Story" star swung by the "Watch What Happens Live" clubhouse on Monday night. And the actor proved more than willing to go there, even if it meant revealing his true feelings about the show that arguably made him a star.

When asked if there was any chance of him reviving his character for the spinoff series "Legacies," currently airing on the network. "Oh, no," Paul laughed, emphasizing that — spoiler alert — Stefan was dead and he was "very happy" that the writers agreed to kill off his character.

"I actually had requested that he die. Because he did a lot of bad things and I felt like he deserved death," Paul explained. That said, the closing moments of the series finale kind of showed how death isn’t necessarily the end for people in this world. In fact, that kind of became the show’s biggest problem for Paul.

One viewer asked if there was a point in the show’s eight-year run when he felt it had perhaps jumped the shark, and Paul with almost no hesitation laughed and gave a drawn out, "Yes."

Honestly, it was surprising how candidly he was willing to talk about it when pushed by Andy Cohen to offer up an example. After all, Paul remains tied to the franchise, even returning to direct an episode in its first season.

Nevertheless, he was quite candid when he said that one of his biggest problems with the show as it progressed was that "everyone was a supernatural being."

"What the hell?" he asked. "There needs to be some humans, we’re in the real world!" He’s not wrong, as one by one even the human characters seemed to succumb to some supernatural fate or another. And even the few characters who did manage to hang on to their humanity (or regain it) always had wildly supernatural things happening to them or temporarily changing them.

"Everyone in the whole town was a mystical creature," Paul joked. "I feel like it should have been 50/50." Well, while it may have started that way, it definitely didn’t wind up that way toward the end.

Speaking of all those bad things Stefan did throughout the run of the show, and particularly during his "Ripper" phase, Paul took some credit for that as well. "I was playing the good guy," he said. "I felt like I was starting to become a little bit typecast as the good brother and I really tried my best to influence them to allow me to be the bad guy and they made that happen."

By Season 3, Paul had emerged as the "ripper" and the shift between the brothers started to become more dramatic … hell, everything started to become more and more and more dramatic with each passing episode.

So with his belief that the show may have jumped the shark and gone too far with making everyone supernatural in one way or the other, how would Paul have ended the show differently? In the original run, he sacrificed himself and helped restore humanity to Damon and Elena so they could live happily ever after … just not forever and without all the bloodsucking.

" I honestly think both brothers should have died," he confessed of the creators choosing to keep Damon alive.

But his vision didn’t stop there. "I would have liked that we both died and that Elena … all of her memory was wiped and she went on to live a normal life and forgot that we ever existed. I think that would have been nice."

In other words, all the horrors she had endured would have been wiped from her mind and she could have simply moved on and forgotten about all the awful things that go bump in the night. What about all the people she lost along the way? Maybe she’d forget about them completely.

As the series was a romance — though both he and Damon actor Ian Somerhalder believe the biggest romance (non-sexual) of the series was between the brothers — perhaps that would have been an even more romantic ending, in a tragically sweet sort of way.

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