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Winter is well and truly on its way! The days are getting shorter, it’s darker in the early mornings and the temperature is dropping. It’s getting harder and harder to get out of bed when the alarm goes off, and in the evenings the snug call of bed beckons. This is our ingrained pattern of hibernation.
But, because of the way we have evolved and because of the constraints of modern life we don’t hibernate the way other animals do, but we are still mammals which means that we feel the cold, but more than this, we do have a deep instinctual need to cuddle up and nest for the winter. While it is not possible to batton down the hatches for the entirety of the colder months, we can definitely create a space that is cosy and inviting. With these ten winter warmers, you can make your bedroom a hibernating haven, without having to break the bank.
Tip 1: Make Your Bed
Something as simple as a change of bedding makes a HUGE difference. Opt for a high quality internationally certified memory foam mattress and pillow and pair it up with premium snugly Egyptian long staple cotton bedsheets and matching pillow cases. These winter sheets are a warming wonder that’ll make you feel snug. Ensure that the fabric has optimal thread count and percale weave for the best sensation on your skin. If you have a light summer duvet, it’s time to put it away and swap it for a warmer winter one. Also, buy a warm blanket. Not only will you be protected against the cold night air, but it’s also a really good way to spruce up your bedroom decor without bringing an interior decorator in. But there's more you can do. Being cold in bed is not only very unpleasant it also hampers your quality of sleep. Upgrade your bedding and the only problem you might have is getting out of bed!
Tip 2: Get Cozy
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you’ve layered up your bed, that icy bite in the air still gets through. The best way to keep the cold at bay is with a cozy quilt. There is nothing better than getting into a bed with warm fluffy sheets and quilts.
Tip 3: Improvise and DIY
A hot water bottle is an invaluable heat source. If you are not keen on quilts this is an excellent alternative, especially for keeping the feet warm. The great thing about a hot water bottle is that you can take it anywhere with you. So, if you are planning a weekend away don’t forget to pack yours.
Tip 4: Welcome Warmth
To really fight the cold you will need a heater. Your entire room will be warmed, and you will be nice and toasty. There are several heating options - wall heaters, fan heaters, gas heaters. But remember to turn it off at night so you don’t roast in the heat.
Tip 5: Indulge in Insulation
Most houses are poorly insulated, allowing the cold to get in where it can. What was a cool summer breeze has now turned into an icy wind, so the soft sheer flowing curtains won’t do. Something as simple as thicker curtains that cover the windows entirely can make the difference of several degrees.
Tip 6: Seal It & Secure
And while you are keeping unwanted cold air out and trying to keep the warm air in, draught excluders and bubble wraps come in handy. When placed strategically in wall openings (holes), windows and doors, they are very effective at keeping Jack Frost from your door.
Tip 7: Roll Out the Red Carpet
Do you dread stepping out of bed in the mornings for fear of your toes freezing off on the cold floors? If you don’t have a carpeted bedroom, a rug will solve this problem.
Tip 8: Light It Up
The illusion of warmth can also go a long way to keeping the cold away. Simple things like clean windows allow natural light in instantly warming up the room. Also make sure that all the light bulbs are a warm white, not cool white as this can give a very cold and sterile feeling.
Tip 9: Soak In
Our sense of smell is our strongest sense, so if you are trying to create a sense of snugness and coziness play on this. Warm spicy smells such as cinnamon heat up a room instantly. So, buy yourself an oil burner, scented candle or a room spray and create a winter wonderland in your bedroom.
Tip 10: Curl-It
Slippers, socks and a dressing gown are the ultimate winter accessories. Warm and woolly, both are essential. Keep them close by so that when you get out of bed you can wrap up against the cold and stop your toes from getting the chills.
By the time winter has really set in, you want to have created a warm and cozy space where you can take refuge from the cold. By implementing these ten tips you won’t have to worry about the weather outside because you’ll be so toasty in your bed.