The bleak mid-winter is upon us, the mild and muggy December is behind, and the forecasters are warning of a frosty chill creeping into the air over the next few weeks. January and February can be unpleasant at best, or just downright freezing with the added bonus of sleet and snow. So, when the night sets in and the temperature drops, how do we keep warm without spending a fortune on nocturnal heating? It is easiest to work from the outside in. Start by getting your house, bedroom and bed nicely heated before you even get in, choose the toastiest bedding and finally, cover up with the cosiest pyjamas.

If you live in a mainly carpeted house you will already be reaping the benefits of having warmth underfoot. If you have tiles, wooden floorboards or parquet and are fed up of constantly cold feet or sliding about in socks, it may be time to invest in a lovely rug to take the chill off. A well insulated floor will do wonders to your comfort when wandering about the house. Next step is to keep doors and curtains closed to block drafts and trap some of the cool air which comes off the windows. If you have a timer-controlled central heating system, get the radiators going for a couple of hours before you go to sleep so the bedroom is nicely warmed. For most of us the worst thing is getting into a cold bed, and if you don’t fancy doing the Miranda bed-warming-dance then you might like an electric blanket or hot water bottle placed under the covers for a while before you hop in.


Your bed itself needs to be an inviting cocoon, so choose the best combination of duvet, blanket and mattress. A fleece under-blanket on top of a thick mattress provides the best insulation beneath you, while a thick puffy duvet insulates from above. The best duvets are duck down, since the feathers trap air so your body heat stays under the covers. If you do not like the idea of feathers, try a high tog (15) duvet or a layering up of low (3-5) and medium (7-9) togs. The latter option is great for seasonal changes so you have thinner duvets for spring and summer.

Finally, it is worth investing in some comfy, cosy bedclothes. To be warm at night you don’t have to dress up in thermals or some unflattering flannel two-piece. Pure silk pyjamas are actually as warm as wool or fleece yet provide a sexy and feminine look. However don’t mistake silky feel pyjamas for the real thing, as the synthetic alternative can actually be quite uncomfortable as it does not breathe. If you prefer to wear a night dress, try a fleece gown and pop some bed socks over your feet. It is well-known that our extremities lose the most heat, and if you are extremely susceptible to cold and find it hard to warm up then a soft fleece hat (silly though this may feel to wear in bed!) is the ultimate accessory.

So, if you don’t want to shiver yourself to sleep this winter, it’s time to plan the perfect nights sleep in a warm room, inviting bed and the most comfortable pyjamas.


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