Chill-Proof the House
Before you invest in a heated blanket or put three pairs of socks on, make your house itself as well prepared for the colder seasons. Block the chill from creeping underneath doors by buying or making your own drought protectors, invest in heavier curtains to keep the heat from escaping through the windows (and consider replacing the windows with better insulated options for a more long-term budget benefit). If you don’t mind splurging a little bit, it might be a good idea to try one of the programmable thermostats that are really popular now. You can program it to be cooler during the night when you’re wrapped in blankets, and heat up 15-30 minutes before you wake up so getting out of bed isn’t such a shiver-inducing task.
Prepare for Bed
One of the best ways to stay warm at night is to start warming up before you even hit the pillow! Rather than doing your exercise routine in the afternoon, get it done right before bed so that your muscles will be all warm (and you’ll probably be quite tired afterwards too!) Likewise, take your hot shower or bath before bed instead of in the morning, so that your body can heat up a bit first. A nice hot bath is also a great way to prepare mentally for bed, so light some candles and grab a great book! Looking at your phone or computer right before we go to sleep is something we’re all guilty of doing, but it doesn’t help you when trying to snooze!
Last but not least, it’s time to make everything nice and toasty! Of course you’ll want a nice thick duvet, click here for some examples, but you’ll probably need more than just a cozy blanket to keep warm! Electric blankets are a great option and will stay on the whole night if you need them to, but they can be a bit restrictive on your budget as they’re both expensive and they really use up a lot of the heating budget. If you’d like a cheaper option, just put a hot water bottle or two under your covers 10 minutes before you get in. To double up on the warmth, throw your pajamas or blanket in the dryer before bed!
It can be difficult to stay warm during the autumn and winter months, especially when there’s a chilly breeze or even snow blanketing the ground, but with these tips you’ll be nice and cozy in bed in no time!