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We might be tough and British, used to the cold weather, but come winter it can still be hard for even the toughest of us to get to sleep when it’s freezing outside. But how can you winter-proof your bedroom to ensure that even if its blowing a gale outside, you’ll be inside fast asleep?

Make Your Bed Warm and Inviting

One of the best ways to feel cosy this winter is by upgrading your bed accessories. A duvet with a higher tog value, heavy blankets and even extra pillows can all make your bed feel cosy and inviting. Layers here are key, as it means you can choose how many blankets you would like, depending on how cold it is that night.

Winter SnowOn particularly cold nights, consider using something like a hot water bottle or electric blanket to heat your bed up before you get in. After-all, there’s nothing worse than slipping than getting into a cold bed and shivering for 5 minutes while you heat up.

Try to Avoid Catching the Cold

It might be easier said than done – especially when colds spread so easily through schools and offices – but trying to avoid getting the cold is essential if you want to get a good sleep in winter. As stuffed noses, coughs and headaches can all make it hard for us to sleep at night.

One of the best ways to keep our immune systems fighting at their best is through better sleep, as we’re more susceptible to illness when we’re feeling tired. If you do catch a cold, ensure that rest is your top priority as this will help you get better quicker.

Ensure You Get Enough Daylight

Of course, we all know that to get to sleep at night we need darkness and should avoid the bright lights of technology. However, you might not realise that we also need a decent amount of daylight in order to get a good night’s sleep. During winter, though, not only are the days shorter, but there’s less sunlight around too so we are more dependent on artificial lighting.

We need daylight though to get a much-needed dose of vitamin D that helps boost our immune system. So even if it’s raining, try to sit by a window to get yourself some exposure to natural light and take a vitamin D supplement to help fight winter bugs.

 Winter is also known to cause a drain in energy for people, who feel more tired and sluggish due to a lack of sunlight. Known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, if you feel the winter blues, again try to go outside for a 10-15 minute walk a day and you should feel less sluggish after a few days.

Drink a Warm Beverage Before Bed

If you are particularly susceptible to the cold, then drinking something warm before bed can be the perfect way to raise your core temperature before getting into bed. Avoiding anything with caffeine, hot tea, hot chocolate and warm water with lemon can all help

You can also help warm up by having a warm bath or shower around an hour before bed. Wearing layers to bed can help too, as heat will get trapped between layers leaving you feeling warmer during the night.