It can be a nightmare getting to sleep during winter time. Curled up in a ball shivering under our comfy pile of blankets, we dream of the warm summer months ahead of us. But what can we do while we’re awaiting their arrival?
Find out our top tips for a healthy and refreshing night’s sleep during these colder months.
Hibernating? Not as helpful as you think..
We understand how tempting it is at this time of year to curl up with a blanket and begin a long day of hibernation, however this is not healthy for your sleep schedule. Sleeping for too long will affect your sleep for the next few days and will make the work week even more stressful than usual.
The ideal temperature
We can’t all afford to have the heating on for hours before bed and during the night and it can get very cold, leaving us shivering under our blankets before falling asleep. Investing in a hot water bottle will do the trick to keep you warm. Sleeping in a room with a higher temperature isn’t guaranteed to help you to rest more peacefully when night time rolls around, especially when you think about the added charges on your heating bill! Our bodies actually adjust to room temperature as we fall asleep, regardless of how cold that that temperature is. The ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep is somewhere between 18°C to 22°C and anything higher than this will leave you sweating and waking up feeling dehydrated. Heat up the room before bedtime and invest in a carpet if you don’t have one or use a large fluffy rug as warm flooring helps to maintain heat and don’t leave the radiator on overnight, no matter how tempted you may be.
Stretch those legs
It’s tempting to curl up into a ball to stay warm but it’s not ideal for a good night’s sleep. As you probably know, the cold weather affects our joints, making them achey and sometimes even sore. Curling up in a ball is not effective for helping this and, believe it or not, it doesn’t actually make us any warmer either. Stretching your legs and arms out will help to improve the flow of circulation, allowing blood to travel around your body easier, and, in turn leading to a warmer night’s rest.
Don’t let laziness win!
Many of us lose the motivation to stay active when the temperature drops, opting instead to curl up under a fluffy blanket in our dressing gown. Exercising is, however, the ideal way for us to warm up our bodies and help us to get ready for bed at the same time, improving your quality of sleep. Staying busy during the colder months will help you to feel energetic when you wake up.
Overeating? Not so helpful either..
During the colder months, it’s tempting to stuff ourselves with food from meats to potatoes and everything in between, but we all know deep down that this isn’t the best way to increase our body heat. Sure, it’s nice to treat ourselves, but eating large meals close to bedtime only creates negative effects as our bodies work harder than usual to digest the food. This can lead to putting on weight while it also affects our quality of sleep, making us wake up feeling bloated and groggy.
Do you sleep with a hot water bottle? Let us know in our poll below. If not, we recommend that you invest in one and look after yourself by sleeping well this season!