Keeping the bed warm during cold seasons is essential to a good night’s sleep. Nobody likes a “shocking cold bed” or wants to suffer a “rude awakening” due to extreme cold. So, just how do we keep the bed warm? Here is a compiled list of ideas that may help you with warmer nights – Read on!
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KEEPING WARM USING ELECTRICITY
All right, let us now start with the warming options that involve the use of electricity.
1) ELECTRIC BLANKET
The “Captain Obvious” choice for some people – Just get a heated electric blanket. But there are also people who are not comfortable with electric blankets… Owing to a notorious history of heated blankets catching on fire, and people getting electrocuted.
2) ELECTRIC WARM PADS
An alternative to heated blankets – Just place a few of these affordable USB warm pads on a nice “traditional” thick blanket. Sure thing, they only generate a decent-ish amount of heat, but at least the bed is no longer “shockingly cold”. Also, these are can be easily replaceable and portable.
3) BLOW HOT AIR UNDER THE BLANKET
This is a really cool trick from seasoned travelers all around the world. Just grab the hairdryer and trap some hot air under the blanket. Every hotel should have one of these, or a portable one shouldn’t take up too much luggage space.
4) IRON THE SHEETS
This is another trick floating around the Internet – Just iron the bed along with the sheets. This may sound stupid to some, but this method works in a pinch.
5) WARM TOWEL & BATHROBE
There are a number of variations to this one:
- Iron the towel and/or bathrobe. Put it under the blanket.
- Put a small face towel into a microwave and heat it up.
- Put the towel into a Ziploc bag, and pour hot water over it. Important to not get the towel wet, or it turns cold really fast.
- Put the towels or clothing into a dryer and heat them up.
KEEPING WARM WITHOUT ELECTRICITY
If our ancestors survived long cold nights without the use of electricity, then why can’t we do the same?
6) LAYER THE BED FOR WARMTH
If you are using “a single bedsheet over mattress”, then it’s no wonder why the bed is cold and uncomfortable. Time to “dress” the bed up properly:
- Mattress Cover (Or Pad) – A thin quilted piece of fabric that fits over the surface of the mattress. Offers an extra layer of protection, warmth, and adds a little more to the “softness”.
- Fitted Sheet – Covers around all corners of the mattress, acting as another layer of protection for the mattress pad.
- Flat Sheet – Placed on top of the fitted sheet, just under the duvet or blanket. This layer is highly recommended – We can change and wash this flat sheet frequently to maintain hygiene.
- Blanket Or Duvet – Self-explanatory.
7) THICKER & WARMER MATERIALS
Captain Obvious to the rescue! Use a thicker and warmer duvet/blanket/comforter. But just which are the common “warmer materials”?
- Thermal Fleece
If you want to get really “scientific”, there is something called the thermal overall grade (Tog). A good winter blanket should have a rating of at least 13.5 Tog.
8) SURVIVAL BLANKET
This is kind of a slightly crazy idea, but a pretty good idea nonetheless – Survival blankets are made to retain body heat. Although not the most comfortable, put one of these under the blanket and that will help to keep some of the colds away.
9) STUFFED ANIMALS & PILLOWS
Bedsheets and blankets are not the only things that will create a warmer bed. Plenty of pillows and stuffed animals will also add to the “heat insulation”… The more, the merrier, but cleaning also becomes a pain.
10) PLACE WARM WATER BOTTLE UNDER BEDDING
This is seemingly a traditional method that is being shared all over the Internet. But no, please do not use those thermal flasks. Just wrap a “normal water bottle” in a towel, or get one of those “warming bottles”.
11) HEAT PACKS
An alternative to warm water bottles, but these are not as “environmentally friendly” nor good as a long-term heating solution.
12) BETTER ROOM INSULATION
Finally, let’s turn to the “bigger picture”. A room with thin walls, leaking windows, and doors are not going to retain a lot of heat; A warm bed will turn ice cold quickly if the room itself is not sufficiently well-insulated. So here are a few considerations to improve the room:
- Install insulated windows (double or triple-paned windows). They may cost more, but insulated windows prevent too much heat from entering or leaving the room. That is, it keeps the warmth during winter and cool during summer.
- Watch out for air leaks. Yes, we need fresh air in the room. But if there are constant cold drafts, it will make the room (and bed) uncomfortable. Badly sealed doors and windows are the common culprits, and they can be easily fixed by installing some weatherstrips.
- Thin walls – Sadly, the only way to fix thin walls is to tear down the old walls and install better-insulated ones.
- Put up some thick curtains, floor mats, and fabric wall coverings. They do improve the insulation.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO KEEP WARM
Aside from the bed and room, here are a few more good old tricks for the human to keep warm.
DRINK HOT BEVERAGES
Before sleeping, drink some hot milk or chocolate. This will warm your body, and help you to sleep better in the cold climate. If you don’t like milk or chocolate, simple warm water is a good alternative. Just avoid all the spicy and caffeinated drinks… Also, don’t drink too much, or you will find yourself waking up in the middle of the night to answer nature’s call.
WEAR EXTRA CLOTHING
If the bed is not warm enough, keep the human warm with extra clothing:
- Thick socks.
- A knit cap (or winter cap).
- Thick pajamas.
- An additional winter coat if you must.
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. We hope this guide has helped you with a warmer bed – Stay healthy and have good nights of sleep!