How to Stay Warm on Cold Nights
Whether you have decided to save money by lowering the thermostat, you’re experiencing a blackout, you simply live in a cold house, or like me, you are always cold, there are many ways that you can stay comfy and warm in your bed at night. While some people find that simply throwing a second blanket on the bed works, others find that even with second or third layer, their cold body keeps them from falling asleep or staying asleep through the night. There are many solutions; the trick is to find which methods work best for you in your situation.
I have lived in multiple climates and find that as soon as the temperature drops in the winter, sleeping comfortably warm at night is a challenge. Sometimes it is because the house is actually cold while at other times it is simply my own body that tends to be cold. Many times other family members are comfortably warm with the temperature, but I am too cold to sleep. Because of this, I have to come up with many solutions to keep warm rather than raising the thermostat. These solutions range from drinking warm tea before bed to changing the types of fabrics that I use on my body and bed.
Here are some ideas to keep you warm and cozy throughout the night so you can get a great night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed for the next day:
- Just before bed, heat a cup of tea or broth as this will work to raise your body temperature. Also, avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these disrupt the body’s sleep rhythms.
- Keep your body warm throughout the day by dressing in warm clothing and eating hot meals, especially dinner. Once the body temperature drops it is hard to recover.
- Along the same lines, don’t drink cold water or too much water near bedtime as it lowers your body temperature.
- Take a warm bath or shower, this will warm up the body and relax the muscles making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Moderate exercise can warm up the body by increasing circulation, thus helping your body warm up before bed.
- Layers work to trap heat, wearing layers at night can help your body stay warm. You can layer socks, shirts and pants.
- Not all fabrics and layers work the same. While wool and silk are the best fabric layers to use as pajamas at night, cotton, on the other hand, is a poor choice because it is the least effective insulator.
- Remember; we lose a good deal of heat from our head, a hat or knitted cap will help trap in and prevent heat loss.
Preparing Your Bed To Stay Warm During The Cold Night
- Flannel sheets and pillow cases are best because they retain heat and are warmer to the touch than typical sheets. Flannel sheets feel cozy on a cold night, they are a great choice!
- Down blankets come in multiple weights and you can choose one that accommodates your climate and budget. While you can pay a lot for a heavy weight down comforter, you can also find very affordable ‘down blend’ comforters as well.
- Wool blankets seem to have the magic properties of keeping you warm while allowing for some air movement; compared to synthetics, wool is a superior fiber.
- Sheepskins are an excellent natural way to keep warm. You can place the sheepskin over your blanket, under your body or even under your bed sheet. Australian parents use sheepskins to allow their baby to nap in a cozy warm place. Now you can be cozy and warm using such a simple method yourself.
- Allow your dog to sleep on your bed at night; this is an easy way to stay warm without much effort. In fact, the term,'Three dog night' is a very old one, attributed to both Aboriginal Australians, Intuit Eskimos, and refers to just how many dogs it would take in order to keep warm on the coldest of nights
Using Electric Heat
- While some people find heated blankets to be a good solution, I find that I can never get the right heat setting to keep warm without ending up sweaty. Heated blankets make me wake up feeling overheated, so I don’t use them.
- Heated mattress pad covers are an excellent and a very cost effective way to keep warm. They use less energy than a heated blanket, which makes them more economical. When the heat is underneath you, the mattress warms up and the extra heat can dissipate since warm air rises, this avoids the kind of overheating that a heated blanket can create.
If you want to go the old fashioned route, you can use a hot water bottle. Hot water bottles can be purchased inexpensively at a local pharmacy. About 15 minutes before bedtime, simply place the hot water bottle under the covers, this will warm your bed before you even get there. You can also use more than one water bottle and sleep with them next to different parts of your body such as your feet and your torso. Hot water bottles offer a comforting way to keep warm on a cold night.
You can also use an old plastic soda bottle filled with hot water as a substitute water bottle.
Use An Iron
My grandmother, who was also cold all the time, would iron her bed sheets just before turning in for the night.
Use A Hair Dryer
To save yourself from getting into a bed that makes you shiver, use a
hair dryer to blow some hot air on the sheets and blankets.
Non medicated heat pads can also be purchased at your local pharmacy and
are inexpensive. They can be placed on the skin to help keep the body warm.
Keep Your Room Warm
- Closing window curtains or blinds can help keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
- Block any cold drafts under the door with an extra blanket.
More ways to stay warm at night
- Light exercise before bed will warm up the body.
- Sleeping beside someone at night is another way to keep warm on a cold night.
Creative ways to stay warm at night
How to Stay Warm in Bed at Night
© 2016 Tracy Lynn Conway
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