Some people sleep better when it is cold and some prefer warm temperatures. Experts recommended a room temperature of about 60 degrees Fahrenheit for a good sleep. If you fall into the category of being awakened from your slumber due to being cold, follow these tips to warm your sleeping area.
Step 1: Adjust the thermostat to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you may need to make it warmer, based on your body structure. This is not always the best solution if you live with others, because while they may like it cooler, you will have icicles hanging from your nose! This is also not conducive to sleep!
Step 2: Warm yourself before you get into bed. Take a warm bath or shower. Dress in warm pajamas and socks. Make sure the clothing is loose so it does not cut off the circulation, which can aggravate the coldness. If your head is cold, wear a hat or place a pillow against your head or over it. The body loses a lot of heat through the head so make sure the head is kept warm.
Step 3: Drink a warm beverage like herbal tea, hot chocolate, or hot milk. Stop eating a few hours before you go to sleep. Food digestion can prevent a person from falling asleep.
Step 4: Pre-warm a bed with an electric mattress pad or blanket. Alternatively, place a hot water bottle or microwave hot pack in the bed. If you lay against these, make sure they are covered and located a few inches from the body, to prevent skin burns.
Step 5: Warm the room using a space heater and turn it off before going to bed.
Step 6: To keep the bed warm all night, use several blankets and covers. Use layers rather than just one because you can remove a layer if you get too hot, without exposing yourself to the cold air. Place fluffy blankets under those that are thinner and denser.