Winter Sleep Sanctuary: Sleeping in the Cold

First it’s autumn into winter, then winter into deepest darkest winter, and with the changing seasons comes a tricky balancing act of sleeping comfortably. You can think you’ve got the formula just right, then a sudden dip in temperature can take your nights from fine to frosty, but we have lots of lovely layers to help you get tucked in for a season of seamless sleep. Here’s how we handle it…

It’s been a cold day’s night

Soft layers like blankets and rugs add flexible cosiness while the temperature varies.

Keep a blanket over the foot of the bed for easy grabbing and layering in the night without having to leave the bed, and they’re easy to throw off if it’s unseasonably mild (or the heating kicks in). A rug is a must have for easing yourself out of a cosy bed in the morning – you don’t want to start the day with a case of cold-floor toe shock!

A thicker duvet and a textured throw will get you ready for cooler nights

Lots of people look forward to getting their winter duvet out because apart from the added warmth you need during the cold parts of the year, they can feel thicker and heavier and therefore more luxurious. Your winter duvet doesn’t necessarily need to be thicker, but it should have a higher ‘tog’ rating – somewhere between 10.5 – 15 tog. Add a textured throw into the mix for added luxe appeal in look and feel.

The sun is still out there, but room darkening blinds will cut out the glare

We still get those days where the sun shines bright, and when they arrive you want to enjoy them on your own terms, not be abruptly woken by them. Our room darkening blinds reduce light by up to 50% more than a standard Venetian blind, so you get to enjoy a sleek looking window without the light leakage.

Use temperature-smart curtains to stay warm in cold weather

A sumptuous pair of drapes will help you wrap your home up warm, especially if they’re our clever temperature smart ones. The lining is designed to create a barrier over your window that helps bounce warmth back into your room and cold temperatures out (where they belong!).

Calming scents and a gentle glow are great for feeling snug and soothed

It’s not all about the practical, physical bits. Getting yourself in a relaxed mood before bed and introducing a tranquil routine can help you wind down for a better night’s sleep. Calming scents and gentle candlelight are easy and simple ways to bring relaxation to your evenings, and will help you feel much more cosy and snug.

And if you catch a cold?

There’s only so much you can do to protect yourself from catching a cold, and having a cosy place to rest up and get better will hopefully help you feel better. There’s one thing we recommend as well as plenty of bed-rest, and that’s a cup of golden milk. Made with turmeric, a cup of golden milk before bed will provide a natural (and tasty) anti-inflammatory.

Golden Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 120ml of milk ( or unsweetened dairy-free alternative)
  • 1 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp of honey or maple syrup (optional)

Method:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Strain into a mug and top with a light dusting of cinnamon.

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