How to sleep when it’s cold

Winter is well and truly here. Early mornings are getting harder and the evening fire is a must. But is all this cold weather having an impact on your sleep? Neil Robinson, sleep expert at Sealy UK, gives us his top tips for staying warm at night this winter…

1.   Take a bath

Spa Tub

“Although I’d always recommend sleeping in a cool and dry environment, there is a big difference between cool and freezing. So if your body is trying to regulate your temperature, you’ll most certainly struggle to get to sleep. Try having a bath before bedtime to warm yourself up and help you feel relaxed.”

2.    Exercise

Romantic Autumn Walk

“While doing strenuous exercise before bed may leave you feeling too invigorated to sleep, a gentle walk will get your circulation going and help raise your core body temperature, which will leave you feeling cosy before you get into bed.”

3.  Get the right duvet

Feet of couple in comfortable bed.

“It’s important not to underestimate tog rating when it comes to duvets. The correct one will keep you at just the right temperature so you’ll enjoy deep sleep every night, whatever the season. I’d recommend opting for a 13.5–15 tog duvet for the winter months. You could even try an electric blanket if you want to be extra toasty.”

4.   Wrap up warm

Family Warming Feet By Fire

“The clothes you sleep in are just as important as your duvet. Treat yourself to some snuggly winter nightwear and opt for woollen socks. Both will prevent you from having to keep the heating on during the night. Don’t overdo it though, or you’ll wake up sweating!”

5.    Bottle it

row of hot water bottles with brightly coloured knitted covers

“The old methods are always the best, and you can’t beat a hot water bottle when it comes to staying warm. Pop it under the covers a little while before you head to bed. As an alternative, you could choose a wheat bag, which can be warmed up in the microwave in a matter of minutes.”

6.   Stop draughts

girl opening curtains in a bedroom

“As far as is possible, make sure your bedroom is free from draughts and breezes. Ensure your curtains are of adequate weight to keep out the cold and draw them a few hours before you go to bed to make sure the heat remains in the room. You could also invest in a draught excluder to place at the bottom of your bedroom door.”

7.    Share body heat

Young couple sleeping comfortably on bed with dog on floor

“If you live with your partner, pool your body heat by sleeping close to one another. You could even allow your pet to stay in your room for a little extra warmth, too,” says Neil. In fact, according to our research, we know ten per cent of you do this already!

8.   Have a hot drink

Black and green tea

“Finally, I’d recommend warming yourself up with a nice warm drink before you head to bed,” says Neil. “Steer clear of caffeine as this is likely to be counter-productive. Instead why not try a nice cup of herbal or decaffeinated tea? Stop at one cup though, or you might end up having to nip to the bathroom in the night.”

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