Are you dreaming of sitting by a roaring fireplace but can’t feel past the drafty corners of your bedroom? We’ve been there—and we get it. When the days get shorter and the nights feel chillier, even the thought of sleeping in cold weather might set your teeth chattering. Combat this with some top tips and tricks to staying warm throughout the night in a cold room.
Just how do you stay warm in a cold room? For starters, we recommend swapping out your regular bedding for warm sheets for winter. Then, pair that strategy with a few tips outlined below.
To put those wintry shivers to bed, we’re diving into the best seasonal practices that’ll show you how to stay warm when sleeping through a cold night. Here are four toasty ideas to keep you snug all season.
First things first: your thermostat. During the morning and afternoon, you might prefer to give your thermostat a bit of a break, favoring your warm clothes like an]oversized hoodie and fuzzy sweatpants for warmth instead. However, when it comes time for some shut-eye, it may be time to turn up the dial a few notches.
For most people, the optimal sleeping temperature is somewhere between 66 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.1 Of course, this could be slight if you tend to be more of a hot or cold sleeper. As such, you might consider experimenting with a few different temperature settings throughout the course of a week to help you find your sweet spot. Then, after you’ve identified your ideal setting, be sure to adjust your thermostat accordingly about an hour or so before bedtime.
While you may have found your match made in thermostat heaven, if you’re surrounded by drafty windows and doors, it’s bound to be a short-lived romance (at best). In other words, you’re not doing yourself—or your chilly bedroom—any favors by leaving your carefully managed climate control settings susceptible to the threats of a poorly insulated home where cold air can seep through.
To combat those mid-winter gusts and gales, we recommend a few draft-protecting strategies:
Making your bed on busy mornings can sometimes feel like a real chore—but once it’s done, it feels like you can conquer anything. However, before you declare absolute victory, make sure you’ve made it the right way.
When the temperatures are low, encourage your natural body heat and bedding to work together by making your bed using layers. Do so by applying your warmest layer (like a cozy woven blanket) first. Then, top it off with a thinner sateen or flannel sheet before adding your duvet. Add a touch of softness with a better-than-sweats throw blanket, and you’ve got the ultimate recipe for comfort.
So, you’ve layered your bedding like a pro, and you’re still shivering in your sleep? It may be time to get some assistance from warm water bottle or heated blanket. If you’re opting to use a hot water bottle as your snuggle buddy, just be sure to:
If you’re taking the heated blanket approach, we recommend looking for one [with] a few different timer settings. To stave off the risk of overheating, you probably won’t want to keep your blanket on full blast throughout the night. Instead, consider setting it for 1-2 hours while
falling asleep. Then, let your cozy bedding take over from there.
We know that feeling warm and cozy on a cold night can be essential to a blissful night’s sleep. That’s why, at Casper, we recommend taking some time to understand how seasonal changes may affect your sleeping habits and adopting a few of the tips we’ve outlined above.