It's no fun being cold.
If you aren't lucky enough to have a fireplace at home, and are refusing to use the heater because of your sky-rocketing electricity bill, here are some alternative ways to warm up before bed.
- Do some exercises. No, don't panic, we don't mean a whole work-out, just some simple stretching and deep breathing will do the trick to get your circulation going and increase your body temperature.
- Drink hot herbal tea. A warm beverage before bed will give you a sense of warmth, and heat up your cold hands too! Just avoid caffeinated tea, or you'll be awake for hours.
- Wear your PJs. Even if you're not a fan of pyjamas, there's no doubt they're a great way to keep warm during the night. Bed clothes trap your body heat as you sleep, and if you get too hot, just take a layer off.
- Have a warm bath or shower. Soaking in the steam of the hot water will warm up your body and put you in a relaxed state, ready for bed.
- Extra blanket. Create that warm, cosy atmosphere in your room by positioning a thick blanket across the foot of your bed. Then it's easily accessibly in case you wake up cold in the night.
- Wear socks. Insulate your feet with a pair of woolly bed socks. Feet are often the first body part that starts to feel cold and they can be hard to warm up again with just a blanket. It's a good idea to also invest in a pair of slippers to keep your feet warm when walking around the house as well.
- Use the oven. Roast dinners are a favourite during winter, but did you know using the oven on will also help to heat your house? That's as good an excuse as any for a late-night batch of choc-chip cookies...
- Body heat. Snuggling up to a partner is a great way to reap the benefits of natural body heat. This works with pets as well, so you might consider letting them onto the bed during really cold nights.
- Block drafts. Check there are no cracks under doors or window panes where cold air is entering your home. Temporarily block any drafts with a rolled up blanket or long pillow.
- Warmer bedding. Change your sheets for a warmer, flannelette option and make sure you have a heavier quilt on your bed.
- Hot water bottle. The original go-to winter warmer is the hot water bottle. It's a good idea to put a cover on it to avoid getting scalded by extra hot water.
What do you do to keep warm during the winter nights?