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Why People Get Naked Before Freezing To Death

December 17, 2019

Getting naked is usually great .. But not
this time What’s up guys I’m Sapna here for DNews. In the movie Everest that came out in 2015..
kind of a spoiler alert but not really and the movie is based on a true story… but
anyway… so towards the end of the movie .. one of the guys who was stuck at the top
of Mount Everest overnight in the bitter cold starts to rip off his coat and outer layers. That might seem super weird but it’s actually
a documented phenomenon unofficially called paradoxical undressing. The reason it’s called “paradoxical undressing”
is because stripping down while you’re freezing to death is the exact opposite of what we
should instinctively do to protect ourselves from the cold! But it happens to some people during extreme
stages of hypothermia. Hypothermia is when the body temperature dips
to dangerously low levels– below 95 degrees Fahrenheit A study by German researchers in the International
Journal of Legal Medicine looked at 69 cases of death caused by hypothermia. They found that 25% of those victims were
partially or completely naked. And an article in New Scientist suggests that
20 to 50% of people who die from hypothermia may exhibit signs of this bizarre behavior. A study in Sweden looked at 33 cases of people
who fit the description based on police reports.. And they found it was pretty much even across
the board in terms of men and women and age range. During the later stages of hypothermia…
people are really out of it. They’re disoriented. If they were drinking or doing drugs, that
of course may factor into the confused behavior and bad judgement. But beyond that … there is another reason
why extremely hypothermic people may take off all their clothes. They do it because they actually feel hot. There are a couple of physiological theories
behind this. According to a study published back in 1979
in the Journal of Forensic Science… one possible explanation for paradoxical undressing
is peripheral vasoconstriction. Peripheral vasoconstriction refers to tight
constricted blood vessels in the outer parts of the body…like the arms and the legs. That’s a good thing in extreme cold because
it keeps blood flowing inward to the core organs. But the theory is that when the body becomes
so exhausted from fighting the cold.. the tiny muscles that keep peripheral blood vessels
constricted tire out. So the blood vessels open up.. The blood rushes back to the skin.. and creates
a really hot flushed feeling. Another theory is that extreme cold messes
with the brain– the hypothalamus region in particular, which is the central command for
body temperature regulation. If the cold causes the hypothalamus to malfunction…
it may alter signals to the body.. making you think you’re really hot when you’re
not. So taking off clothing may seem like a great
idea… even though it’s not. There’s one more part to this wacky phenomenon
that I want to tell you. Just before freezing to death.. humans also
tend to burrow or wedge themselves into a tight space. Some call it terminal burrowing behavior. That German study we talked about earlier
discovered that the hypothermic people who were found partially or completely naked were
also found in a tight space.. Like underneath a bed, behind a wardrobe or
on a shelf. A tight space can help minimize heat loss
so unlike getting undressed, this burrowing behavior actually makes sense. It’s not fully understood but those German
researchers say it’s thought to be triggered by the brain a protective measure.. Kind of like how warm-blooded hibernating
animals burrow into a small, enclosed den for the winter. We can’t do episodes like this without our
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to your body in this video What other bizarre human behaviors do you
want to know more about? Tell us down in the comments and don’t forget
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  • Reply Harry Taller August 13, 2018 at 7:19 pm

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  • Reply MimiChu August 14, 2018 at 11:33 am

    1.1k people aren't smart enough to understand her X"D so they got pissed… they need to chill X"D

  • Reply Leandro Aude August 15, 2018 at 2:39 am

    I´ll admit it: I came for and from the thumbnail.

  • Reply Something something August 15, 2018 at 11:18 pm


  • Reply Indigo Dragon71 August 19, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful host. ??

  • Reply vappole August 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    What about the most logical explanation: they are trying to die faster. Realising they are going to die anyways, rather than suffering in torment for days or hours they chose the quickest route.

  • Reply Rogelio Melgar August 25, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Let's get naked babe…..mmmmmmmmmmm

  • Reply Russell Anderson August 25, 2018 at 11:36 am

    So another words you don't know!?!?!?!

  • Reply dannyoman August 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Burrowing ha hilarious but not for the sufferers

  • Reply Bradley Irving August 25, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    2:38 saaavage

  • Reply The Daily Compilation August 26, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Drinking is doing drugs

  • Reply Hildebert August 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    well so freezing to death isnt even that bad?

  • Reply Stewie Griffin August 28, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    too much theories , we need real answers

  • Reply BixelBG August 28, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I want sapna naked

  • Reply SrmthfgRockLee August 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    who thought they'd go on this episode naked

  • Reply Mentos August 28, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    nice shirt lmao

  • Reply Hayley M August 29, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    ok but who froze to death on a shelf

  • Reply frootube August 30, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    shes got the ninja merch

  • Reply OfficiaI U.S.M.C August 30, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    I dont know how to take that first sentence…

  • Reply Brandy Wasay August 31, 2018 at 5:52 am

    It is totally normal … it is not bizarre at all … Take off your clothes in the middle of extreme cold blizzard , and you will feel burning hot sensation all over your skin. That's what I experienced , me and my friends undressed in the middle of the snow to take pictures and post on the web…

  • Reply Morbius1963 August 31, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Exhibited by old people unable to afford heating who freeze to death in their apartments.

  • Reply Lieutenant Starbuck August 31, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Everything you have been told is a lie. You are a super human one and all watch this to find out more

  • Reply Collin McFarlane August 31, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    more sapna!!!

  • Reply Boof September 1, 2018 at 1:39 am

    dang u got a big ol head

  • Reply J. Mc. September 1, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Wow! She is very, very beautiful

  • Reply Tom Butthurt September 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Looking for another naked body

  • Reply AcydDrop September 2, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Were those Germany researchers/German research the same ones done by the Nazi's during WW2? They performed a lot of hypothermia experimentation in concentration camps studying this very subject. There are some pretty haunting images of this.

  • Reply Kaleb Millan September 4, 2018 at 3:44 am

    lol she said her name was subna, but her name is sapna

  • Reply Kaleb Millan September 4, 2018 at 3:45 am

    temperature goes from 98.8 to 97
    "oH mY gOd yOu hAvE HyPoTheRmiA"

  • Reply Yusuf Adam September 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    First 3 seconds are very scary without context

  • Reply Ben Sommer September 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    10/10 introduction

  • Reply InfernoGaming September 7, 2018 at 5:48 am

    getting naked is racist

  • Reply balagel September 11, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Already knew this from Johnny Quest… Damn that cartoon was great!

  • Reply UNIOM September 15, 2018 at 10:42 am

    according to a study, according to a study , according to a study

  • Reply onyabike oo September 19, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Right up there with anorexia.. there's a clue.

  • Reply J. C. September 21, 2018 at 11:49 am

    I know a couple of guys that think they're really hot, when they are most definitely not.

  • Reply Chris Universe September 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    My guess is the skins gets so cold and painfully sensitive to the friction of your clothes. At some point you'll be numb to the cold to where it wouldn't feel like it matters to keep your clothes on anyway VS your skin hurting from the friction. But who knows lol

  • Reply Mosin khan November 4, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Yes its me too…..

  • Reply Mosin khan November 4, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Dance mon mortal kombat

  • Reply Devansh Trivedi November 5, 2018 at 8:40 am

    She is an Indian

  • Reply gndiego November 5, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    I'm here because of golden kamuy

  • Reply JJ November 7, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Damn you thumbnails your lucky it’s no nut November !

  • Reply 刘炫意草莓香水 November 9, 2018 at 1:20 am

    "Getting naked is great! "??? lol not really, it's more great to keep your cloths on.

  • Reply TwiStedTentom November 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    The cold burns…

  • Reply Short Pixel Arts November 14, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Just like frostbite

  • Reply JakeExternalz November 18, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    It’s basically because PornHub will soon take over Hawaii and the world’s governments primary rule is nudity.

  • Reply Spidey’s World November 22, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Sim naked t right now

  • Reply POE LWE December 2, 2018 at 6:42 am

    It’s so cold it becomes hot

  • Reply The Great Dawn Paw December 14, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Sometimes when it's really cold outside I curl up in a corner and try to keep myself warm.

  • Reply Anthony Everhart December 20, 2018 at 5:53 am

    I just watched the video because I thought she was pretty cute?

  • Reply Prithvirajan Sridharan December 20, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Trace is the best guy

  • Reply thaintriguing1 December 26, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Certainly had the right person for the video topic

  • Reply Kartik Kalia December 28, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Finally an Indian ? ?? ?
    Bitch lasagna, pewdipie >> t-series

  • Reply Dhavamanee Ganesh December 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Do see the videos about ice man (search for it in BBC channel to make search easier).

  • Reply T December 30, 2018 at 6:58 am

    It breaks my heart when i see a science channel not using S.I system.

  • Reply LORDE 2729 December 31, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    some indians are pretty. exotic beauty.

  • Reply Abhijith S January 3, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I found my future soulmate….
    She is smart and gorgeous….

  • Reply Benny Costello January 6, 2019 at 8:05 am

    I kind of want to know if you walked into like -30 degree weather naked, exactly how long itd takenyou to pass out and die

  • Reply Study Tips January 6, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Well, today while sailing, i felt pain in my fingers and felt like taking my gloves off. But I'm still ok, So does it happen even if its not an extreme thing?

  • Reply Michael Martin January 7, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Maybe those people want to end it up. They are suffering because of the cold and want a faster/cleaner death. No ?

  • Reply Dry Soap January 9, 2019 at 10:06 am

    another reason for why they are getting naked is wet clothing.

  • Reply Thahir Ahmed January 10, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Why do people freeze to death?

  • Reply Giancarlos Rosales January 11, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Maybe they were tired of freezing and ready to just die

  • Reply TRue January 12, 2019 at 2:03 am


  • Reply CJ Hawaii Trump2020 January 22, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I would like to see the Host get naked

  • Reply Abby Lee Dance Company January 24, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Oh yeah yeah recommended what is this

  • Reply Reclused Man January 27, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Dr. Parikh you are extremly hot!

  • Reply Dizzy Chinese man January 31, 2019 at 3:52 am

    69 ?

  • Reply irishwristwatch February 1, 2019 at 4:30 am

    she loves gettin naked bra

  • Reply Marq Mac February 1, 2019 at 4:30 am

    man shes pretty. i didn't hear a damn thing she said.

  • Reply Chuck0231 February 1, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I'd say to look frosty

  • Reply mia louise February 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    i want chubbyemu to tell this story HYPO MEANING LOW …

  • Reply Gigi Hadid February 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Her hair looks thick and amazing

  • Reply milk milk February 2, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Sapna is a sexy scientist!

  • Reply duckshepherd February 3, 2019 at 12:12 am

    If you're not hot, don't take off your clothes. This applies figuratively and literally.

  • Reply Bread man Chubbz February 3, 2019 at 1:03 am

    I experienced this before , I was at school and since the morning my shoes were covered in cold water even inside my shoe and it was cold but I had to deal with it through the whole day of schoo, when I got home I showered and when I put the water on it was warm water but it didn’t help my feet , my feet were burning to the point it hurt and my feet couldn’t move or anything ,

  • Reply •.ʙʟᴀɴᴋ ᴛᴀᴇ.• February 3, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Am i an idiot beause i know Nj isn't in the periodic table.

  • Reply RayFire51 February 4, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Amazing how a 4° difference in the body is considered dangerous

  • Reply nxzzr February 4, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you. Finally there is science explains my experience in a mountain Merapi in indonesia. At that time I don't know why I prefer get naked while my body is freezing.

  • Reply T0X1C February 4, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    One time i put my hand inside a hot water and my hand started getting cold and one time the whether was hot and i feel cold and i put more cloth but it was hot

  • Reply Jhumar Cuzon February 5, 2019 at 1:55 am

    > "Getting naked is usually great."
    > 69 cases of Hypothermic deaths..

    Hmmm… Something doesn't add up here.

  • Reply Brendan Reilly February 5, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I get this, if I am cold things become extremely hot

  • Reply Athaariq Ardiansyah February 5, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Where's the thumbnail picture?

  • Reply Zeuses Coven February 6, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Okay sorry change the host too fucking distaracting, SHE'S HOT.

  • Reply Subhrajit Swain February 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    r u Indian

  • Reply Esesem ssm February 7, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Isnt this video demonetized?
    Good thumbnail

  • Reply Soumik Hazra Choudhuri February 7, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Bipasa Basu lookalike

  • Reply Utkarsh Ankit February 7, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    How's the girl??

  • Reply Aseem Reason February 8, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Seeing Nj listed as an element is doing something wrong with my brain.

  • Reply Samuel115s February 8, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Shit this sounds so scary. Freezing to death would be horrific. I felt so uneasy listening to this ??

  • Reply Mr MEMé February 9, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    This Hindu-Stani say Disoriented instead of Disorientated, Silly Hindi

  • Reply STUDIO STUDENTS February 10, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I Don't Like The Video,But I Like It's Thumbnail

  • Reply swarnak Ray February 10, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Nobody does that

  • Reply The Mx5 Channel February 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    As a science challel shouldn't you use the metric system?

  • Reply MR CREEPY GUY February 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    oh the thumbnail?

  • Reply Amanda True Crime February 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I would not be surprised to hear this woman is a serial killer…she's far too happy telling us this.

  • Reply Jack Harvey April 17, 2019 at 9:12 am

    I feel little awkward to

  • Reply Hybrid Hunter Gaming April 23, 2019 at 4:32 am

    3:00 how many people freeze to death in their houses in modern areas still with access to heat

  • Reply Pithecophaga jefferyi July 12, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Is that German researcher, Josef Mengele?

  • Reply Nahit Gür December 9, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Thx for info but hypothalamus is more anteriorly placed than in the diagram shown in the vid.

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