Head for bed we say! As National Sleep Day approaches on 29th October, it’s time to put the clocks back and snuggle in ready for winter to arrive.
“As the temperature starts to drop and the evenings become darker, summer really feels like a distant memory and people naturally spend more time in their beds,” said Lisa Artis at the Sleep Council.
An online poll conducted by the Sleep Council revealed just over half (57%) of people would prefer a longer lie in to hanky panky with their extra hour in bed!
Lisa goes on to say: “Who hasn’t snuggled further under the covers for a little extra sleep on a cold morning? And what a perfect opportunity to do so with your extra hour on National Sleep in Day.”
The team at Forty Winks have some easy tips to help you cosy up and keep blissfully warm this winter:
1. Bed Essentials
Our Harrison mattresses offer a ‘warm’ side with soft wool under the sleeping surface to naturally insulate the body. A fleecy under blanket or electric over blanket helps to retain the heat too. Adding layers of bedding traps warm air but can easily be removed if you get too hot. Another tip is to switch to a duvet with a high tog rating in the Winter.
2. Preparation is Key
A bedtime routine is essential for ensuring a perfect night’s sleep. Turn off electronic devices and keep your bedroom dark, even light from a phone can disturb your sleep pattern. A warm bath together with a hot, milky drink to sip on can help you drift off. Light exercise a few hours before bed helps with circulation to keep your body warm but be warned vigorous exercise too close to bedtime can make you feel too alert to sleep.
3. Dress For Bed
Natural fibres such as cotton, wool or silk will keep you warmer than synthetic materials. Cosy pyjamas or a large T-shirt are a great choice to bed down in.
4. Bedroom Temperature
Keep your bedroom warm, not too hot and free from draughts. If you and your partner prefer different temperatures, invest in a dual control heated mattress protector or a cashmere pair of bed socks for a bit a luxury!
5. If You’re Cold In Bed…
A hot water bottle is a fantastic way to keep warm in bed but make sure it has a cover on it to retain the heat and prevent scalding. Electric blankets are ideal too. Under-blankets or mattress protectors warm the bed up before you jump in or an over-blanket maintains a constant temperature throughout the night. Just be aware electric under-blankets are not advised to be used with memory foam mattresses.
6. Can’t Get Out of Bed?
When it’s dark and cold outside, waking up is hard to do! You could try a sunshine alarm clock that gradually brightens up to simulate daylight. Another trick is to set your heating to come on at a certain time so the room temperature is warm when you step foot out of bed.
Who hasn’t snuggled further under the covers for a little extra sleep on a cold morning? And what a perfect opportunity to do so with your extra hour on National Sleep In Day.
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