Uncontrollable shivering is your body’s reaction to being exposed to cold temperatures for a length of time, a drop in blood sugar levels, fighting an infection, or being under extreme anxiety. Severe shivering is also called “rigors” and the body uses these tremors to increase its core temperature. Depending on the cause of your shivering, you may or may not have a fever with it.
If the shivering is caused by being cold, then warming yourself up will usually stop the shivering quickly. However, if the severe chills are caused by an underlying health condition like diabetes, abnormal thyroid, or anemia, then it’s important to address these medical issues. For some people, uncontrollable shaking happens with a panic attack and in those cases, the shivering should stop when the panic subsides.
This article looks at the most common causes of uncontrollable shivering and the reasons why sometimes your body starts shaking involuntarily. You will also find out some of the best natural treatments for shivering uncontrollably and if your condition requires that you see a doctor.
Shivering: Common Causes and Natural Treatments
Read on to find out what could be causing your uncontrollable body shakes and what you can do to stop the shivering naturally.
A very common reason for shivering is being very cold for a long period of time. As your body temperature drops, your brain sends signals to your muscles that cause them to shake and create more heat. While being cold and shivering is something we all feel from time to time, uncontrollable shivering or rigors could be a sign of hypothermia.
Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that shivering is a symptom of hypothermia and may be associated with dizziness, nausea, increased heart rate and breathing, and confusion. As the hypothermia becomes more severe, the shivering will increase. However, as the hypothermia get more serious, the shivering will eventually stop.1
Hypothermia can also affect older people even if they are exposed to small drops in temperature. The National Institute on Aging recommends that homes where elderly people live should be kept to at least 68°F to 70°F (20°C to 21°C) during wintertime.2
Putting on warm layers of clothing or blankets, drinking warm beverages, and being near to a source of heat can help to raise your body’s core temperature and stop the uncontrollable shivering.