Autumn is officially here! Some would say it’s been creeping in for a few weeks now, but as we move out of September and into the last quarter of 2014, we’re starting to deal with nights that are coldish but not quite thick-socks-and-hot-water-bottles weather. Rather than your night being disrupted because you can’t figure out whether you’re too hot or too cold, here are some things you can try during this middling sort of weather.
- Invest in an autumn duvet. The Duvet selection is a very versatile choice, as it comes with a spring/autumn 9 tog duvet and a summer 4.5 tog duvet, which can be connected together to form a 13.5 tog winter duvet.
- You could also try several thin layers rather than one thick layer. You can strip back as many or as few as you like, and the layers will trap air between them, keeping you warmer.
- Use an electric blanket to warm the bed and then turn it off an hour or so before you get into it. That way it will be comfortable but will have cooled down enough that you won’t overheat. You could also try putting a hot water bottle in the bed to warm it if it’s a cool night and taking it out before you go to sleep.
- Set your thermostat. The average person’s ideal sleeping temperature is around 18.5°C, so if you can regulate the temperature in your room, this can go a long way towards helping you get a better night’s sleep. Of course, you can experiment to see what temperature is right for you.
- Your hands and feet are like your body’s “radiators”. Thick socks might be a bit much, but everyday socks will help stop too much heat from escaping while preventing you from getting too hot.