Colder Weather, Warmer Sheets
You've likely stepped outside recently to feel fall is underway with cooler mornings and shorter days. Before you know it, winter will be in full swing along with its frigid temperatures that can be taxing on your health including your sleep.
You may be used to simply brushing off the dust from your winter linens to prepare the beds to keep your family and house guests cozy. Go a step further to figure out what type of fabric makes up your bedding making sure it's helping, and not hurting, when you're trying to stay warm this chilly season.
First, look at the tag on your current bedding to find out its material including bed sheets, blankets and duvets covers. Consider the benefits of each of the following bedding materials, which could help you sleep better and keep you from tossing and turning in bed at night.
What Fabrics to Buy for Warmer Nights
Cotton Flannel: Today's flannel material traps body heat, while still allowing for breathability. It's very absorbent of moisture keeping you, and your sheets, dry if you sweat at night. You can also find lightweight flannel and stylish patterns, so you aren't stuck with the heavy flannel sheets you may connect with childhood trips to the ski lodge.
Sateen: Its silky texture retains heat as well as its softness makes you want to cuddle up and wrap the sheets around your entire body as you drift off to sleep.
Linen: Linen sheets have high heat conductivity properties – that means, it is a breathable fabric, making you warm in the winter. After a few cycles in the wash, these become even softer with time.
Material and proper care of your bedding is important, but so is setting up your room to make the sleep environment cool and comfortable as you try to reach 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Creative Ways to Heat Up Your Sleep Space
You don't want to crank up the heat every time you get cold before jumping into bed. A room that is too hot or too cold is not conducive to healthy sleep. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep the bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
- Put your hand up to the windows and doors. If there is a draft of cold air at the bottom, make a stop to the local hardware store to buy a draft stopper or weather stripping to keep out the draft.
- Run a vaporizer or humidifier in the bedroom to make the room feel warmer and add moisture to the dry winter air. Some research shows that humidifiers also help with making a room less susceptible to breeding the flu virus.
- Stick a couple warm water bottles at the foot of your bed and be sure to slip on a clean, dry pair of socks before getting under the covers. Nothing is worse when you're trying to relax than cold toes.
Here are a few more tips that will help you sleep during the chilly, winter months.
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