When the winter months strike, there is nothing worse than being freezing cold in bed. It’s all blankets at the ready, and wrap yourself up to ‘fight the cold’ and here are our top tips to fight the cold, during those ghastly winter months.
1) Do some light exercises before bed: As crazy as it sounds, doing some light exercise before you sleep is ideal for warming up your body before you go to bed. A simple stretching exercise, with deep breathing, to gain some warmth.
- Stand with your legs hip distance apart. Breath in deeply and raise your arms to the ceiling. Roll your shoulders back and tuck your tailbone towards the floor.
- As you exhale, lower your arms so they rest at your sides.
- As you inhale, raise your arms to the ceiling again. Stretch as far as you can towards the ceiling.
- As you exhale, lower your arms. Continue to raise and lower your arms, breathing deeply with each movement, for 10-12 breaths.
2) Drink Hot Herbal Tea or Water:
A warm beverage will increase your body temperature vastly, and gives you a warmth within your body. Choose herbal tea, with no caffeine so it will not keep you awake at night. You can also have a mug of hot water with lemon and honey to keep you warm.
- Avoid hot cocoa or hot chocolate as the caffeine and sugar in the powdered mix will likely keep you awake at night.
3) Have a warm shower or bath: Soaking in the steam of a warm shower or bath can easily warm up your body, and maintain your temperature for when you’re ready to get in bed.
4) Wear warm sleepwear in layers: Layering your clothing will trap in your body heat as you sleep. Wool long johns, a flannel shirt or sleep set, long sleeve t-shirts and sweaters are all items you can layer on for warmth. Wearing more layers, in comparison to one big fluffy sleepsuit, allows you to shed clothing through the night of you warm up.
- Sleeping at a slightly cold temperature has been shown to lead to deeper, longer sleeps. You want to be careful not to warm your body up too much, as this could lead to fitful sleep or discomfort while sleeping.
5) Use a Hot Water Bottle: Most Hot Water Bottles are made with a liquid that can be heated in the microwave. You can also use a more traditional water bottle that uses boiled water, just simply boil the water on a stove, and pour it into the hot water bottle.
- Place the hot water bottle under your sheets or duvet, by your feet. It should stay warm for most of the night, warming up your feet and your body.