Keep your bedroom warm over the winter months
It’s important to keep warm over these chilly winter months, particularly at night when staying warm is part and parcel with getting a good night's sleep. Here are nine winter warmer tips to keep you and your bedroom cosy through the cold winter nights.
1. Invest in a good floor rug.
You can lose as much as 30% of heat through your floorboards. If subfloor insulation isn't an option, add a thick floor rug to minimise heat loss. It'll help keep your bedroom and your feet much warmer.
2. Insulate your windows.
Windows are another major source of heat loss in the home. Apply self-adhesive window sealants to block out any drafts and keep your curtains closed after dark - it'll do wonders for holding in warmth.
3. Add some extra bedding.
Your summer bedding isn't going to cut it over winter! Pile on some extra blankets and rugs; we love a good cotton flannel.
4. Stash your robe near bed.
Waking up and getting out of bed to a cold room isn’t a nice way to start the day. Stash a robe next to your bed to make it a little less painful for yourself.
5. Keep your feet warm.
Warm feet are the key to a warm body. Keep your tootsies toasty with warm socks or slippers.
6. Turn on your incandescent lights.
Believe it or not, incandescent lights release up to 95% of their energy as heat rather than light – what an efficient heat source!
7. Add candles to your bedroom.
Add warmth and ambience with candles in winter scents such as cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Just be sure to put them somewhere where they won't get knocked and remember to put them out before going to sleep.
8. Snuggle up with a hot water bottle.
Hot water bottles are a low cost, energy-efficient and downright brilliant old-school way to stay warm. You'll never have to get into a frigid bed again.
9. Use oils or lotions on your skin before bed.
Take a hot shower and apply oil to your skin as soon as you get out. It'll act as a layer to hold in heat from your shower; lavender and chamomile scents will also help you fall asleep.