Obviously hot water bottles were designed to be used in the winter. Fill with hot water, grab yourself a cosy knitted cover for you hot water bottle and not only do you have a wonderfully cosy bedtime companion you also have something that will keep you warm during the long cold nights.
Hot Water bottles during the Spring
In the UK the night time temperatures can get pretty low anytime of the year, especially during Autumn and Spring and even the British summertime. It’s often the case that just as we turn the heating off the temperatures during the night start to tumble. And rather than turn the heating back on, after all is fine during the day, fill your hot water bottle and snuggle up to keep warm.
Keeping warm in Autumn
Or rather than turn the heating on during the Autumn, keep those heating bills down a little longer and put it off for another couple of weeks and fill your knitted hot water bottle instead to keep you warm during the night and help you get a great nights sleep.
Summer – and you’ll still need your hot water bottle
But, when the sun finally does come out, the evenings and night time can get pretty warm and sticky. However, don’t think you won’t need you hot water bottle, you still do. Advice from The Sleep council says that you can still use your hot water bottle, just fill with iced cold water instead. They state they think the ideal bedtime temperature should be about 16-18Oc as if it gets any warmer it can make sleeping difficult. Apparently your body temperature needs to drop slightly, just before you go to sleep and when the nights are warm this is obviously not easy to do.
The Sleep Councils advice:
- Open windows – and doors – to create a draught.
• Keep curtains or blinds drawn during the day to keep the sun out.
• If you’ve got an attic, try opening the hatch. Hot air rises and this will give it somewhere to go.
• Get rid of the duvet and blankets – just use a cotton sheet. Or a duvet with a low tog rating.
• Wear light cotton nightwear. This is actually better than wearing nothing at all as natural fabric will absorb any perspiration.
• If you’ve got long hair, tie it back. Hair round your neck can make you feel warmer.
• Have a cool shower or bath before bedtime to lower your core body temperature.
• Drink plenty of cold water during the evening and keep a glass by the bed.
• Avoid too much caffeine, alcohol or a big meal. They can all make you feel hot and steamy in the middle of the night through dehydration and over-active digestion.
• Put a hot water bottle filled with ice cold water in bed.
• Cool a pillow case in the fridge before bedtime or try one of the new cooling pillows that are available to buy.• Cool socks in the fridge and put on. Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body.
• Use an electric fan – the remedy for 20% of people. If it’s really hot, put a tray of ice and a little water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more.
• Invest in an air conditioning unit.
• Next time you buy a new bed, look out for one that incorporates new temperature regulating technology.
• And, if you share a bed, make sure it’s big enough for two people, so you can sleep without disturbing each other: 5ft wide should be your minimum.
So, don’t put your hot water bottle away and out of sights until winter, keep it handy for when the sun starts to shine. Can’t wait.