AN expert has revealed their top tips on how Brits can keep warm in bed on chilly nights without having to put the heating on.
Cold weather though can adversely affect your quality of sleep with many waking up through the night to try and make themselves warmer in bed.
Simple hacks such as changing the position of your bed or having a hot, milky nightcap can have a big impact.
Nic Shacklock, from Online-Bedrooms said: “A lot of us struggle with getting to sleep in the colder months.
“With the darker mornings and evenings, many people tackle feelings of fatigue and tiredness throughout the day.
“This makes it even more important to stay warm and get a good night’s sleep when possible.
“It sounds simple, but something as straightforward as making sure your bed isn’t close to a window can make all the difference when it comes to resisting turning on the heating in an evening.”
Having a cold body can distract from sleeping and cause issues with waking up several times throughout the night, which is why it is important to wrap up warm before getting into bed. One of the best materials for keeping in warmth is silk.
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Those who feel uncomfortable wearing lots of layers to bed at night should keep warm, thick clothes on their bedside table to grab in the night in case of any midnight cold spells.
MOVE YOUR BED
The placement of your bed may be affecting how warm you feel during the night.
If your bed is near a window, even if it is double glazed, the cold from outside can seep through and affect your sleep.
Consider moving it to the other side of the room instead for a cosier night.
HOT MILKY NIGHTCAP
To warm yourself before bed time, get into the routine of having a warm milky drink in the evening.
Not only will the drink warm you from the inside, but milk contains tryptophan which helps the body prepare for sleep.
Once it gets dark outside, shut your blinds and curtains to keep warmth in, in the hours leading up to your bedtime.
When it comes to turning the heating on, if possible keep it to your bedroom only – and make sure all doors are closed with no drafts from other areas of your home.
This way, when it comes to getting into bed you will have a heated room to enhance your night’s sleep.
HOT WATER BOTTLE
Save on energy and warm up your body in bed by using a hot water bottle.
The heat created from the water bottle can also aid a relaxing night’s sleep, as the warmth circulates blood flow and improves blood flow around the body.
Try also placing it into your bed while you have a shower and get ready to sleep, as it will warm up your mattress and duvet ready for you to jump in and head off to sleep.
Our feet and hands can become cold much more quickly than other parts of the body, which is why warming them up is important for a warm night.
Thermal, chunky or fluffy socks are great for keeping warmth in.