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Does Long-Term Indoor Exposure to Thermoneutral Environments Impair Human Body Thermal Acclimatization Abilities?

Version 1 : Received: 3 March 2022 / Approved: 4 March 2022 / Online: 4 March 2022 (11:23:44 CET)

How to cite: Wang, F. Does Long-Term Indoor Exposure to Thermoneutral Environments Impair Human Body Thermal Acclimatization Abilities?. Preprints 2022, 2022030079. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202203.0079.v1. Wang, F. Does Long-Term Indoor Exposure to Thermoneutral Environments Impair Human Body Thermal Acclimatization Abilities?. Preprints 2022, 2022030079. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202203.0079.v1.

Abstract

The goal of this short communication is to analyze a published discussion that states that long-term residing at a thermoneutral indoor temperature condition hinders human thermal acclimation capacities. According to current research, human thermal acclimation and acclimatization capacities can be easily gained through repeated heat and cold exposures mixed with physical activity over a period of days (often 3–21 days). Furthermore, heat and cold adaptations are not permanent, and heat acclimation would progressively fade away if frequent heat exposures (associated with physical work/exercise) were discontinued. People who have been heat acclimatized for a long period and live in tropical places may progressively lose their physiological and perceptual benefits when they shift to temperate zones. On the other hand, the decay of cold acclimation and cold acclimatization has not been well examined, demanding future research on this area. To summarize, there is no evidence to support the claim that extended exposure to thermoneutral conditions impairs human acclimatization abilities.

Keywords

thermal neutral; acclimation; acclimatization; adaptation; health; indoor environments

Subject

LIFE SCIENCES, Biophysics

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