In Australia, we are beginning to move into the colder months – approximately 49% of the population have sleepless nights due to the cold. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortably cold and there’s nothing better than being snuggled up in a warm, cosy bed!
We wanted to give you some simple ideas on how you can keep warm during the colder months. It is important to set yourself up for the best sleep possible by keeping yourself and your sleep environment at your ideal temperature.
Here are some easy tips to keep you warm throughout winter:
Pop on a pair of bed socks!
The extra layer on your feet may help to improve circulation on your extremities to help keep you warm.
Take a warm bath or shower just before bed
This can help to make you sleepy and warm up your body. Unwind in a nice hot bath for 20-30 minutes, take your favourite book with you and read to help you relax.
Drink a warm milky drink
We’d recommend some warm milk or herbal teas such as peppermint or chamomile. Even try some warm water – many claim there are excellent health benefits associated with this. Remember no coffee, it’s best to avoid caffeine too close to bedtime!
Bamboo is known to be thermo-regulating; sleeping on bamboo may help to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer!
Keep your bedroom temperature warm (but not too warm)
An ideal room temperature is usually between 16-18 degrees. It is best to keep your windows closed to avoid a cold draft. A bedroom temperature of 12-13 °C is too cold and 24 °C+ is too warm for most people to get a comfortable sleep.
Sounds obvious, we know! However, we are including it on the list as a reminder (and an excuse) to buy yourself a new pair of winter pyjamas and prepare yourself early for the winter months ahead.
Try a hot-water bottle, heat pack or wheat bag
Call us old-fashioned, but you can’t go wrong with a hot water bottle. It’s best to purchase a cover or sew one yourself, as it might be too hot without one. These items won’t stay hot all night, but the heat should last long enough for you to fall asleep.
We know how hard it can be to get out of bed on a cold, winter’s morning – but following these tips and keeping warm in winter should ensure that you are well-rested. This means you aren’t adding tired (and probably cranky!) into the mix of emotions on a cold winter’s morning.
Disclaimer: While we do our best to gain information from reputable sources, this advice should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are having trouble sleeping, please see your GP.