There’s certainly a nip in the air and as we hurtle into winter, there’s nothing more comforting than curling up for a long sleep in a warm, cosy bed.
With temperatures usually at their lowest in the early hours, the reality is many people can be too cold and uncomfortable to be able to get a good night’s sleep.
Here’s some top tips to help ensure that we don’t turn into ice cubes during the night but stay warm as toast:
• Wear night clothes such as pyjamas or a large T-shirt to keep you warm. Natural fibres such as wool, cotton or silk will keep you warmer than synthetic materials.
• Have a warm bath just before you go to bed. This will warm you up and will also help to make you sleepy.
• Snuggle your icy toes with bed socks.
• Have a warming milky drink.
• Try to take some exercise which will get the circulation going and help to keep the body warm.
It is also worth looking at the bedroom, the bed and the bedding all of which play a part in keeping you insulated in the cold night air.
• Keep the bedroom warm, but not too hot, and free from draughts.
• Avoid a saggy bed. It may be nice to cuddle up for warmth but it can be very uncomfortable and clammy when you are thrown together by a bed that isn’t giving you the correct support.
• There’s a huge choice of different bed types and mattress fillings which can help to regulate temperature and keep you warm. Some mattresses even have a thicker side for use during winter.
• Choose a duvet with a high tog rating or use several layers of bedding rather than one single layer. Layers will trap warm air and are easily removed if you get too hot.
• A hot water bottle is an ideal way to keep warm once in bed. Make sure it has a cover on it to avoid scalding and also so that it won’t feel cold in the middle of the night.
• Electric blankets are ideal. Underblankets will warm the bed up before you retire for the night, while overblankets maintain a constant temperature throughout the night.