When the seasons start to change it is fun to nest and change our homes along with it. The bedroom is the center of coziness in a home. This is why it is so much fun to make your bedroom ready for the winter months. When it is extra cold outside you’re going to want warmer blankets, cozier pajamas, and softer sheets. Not only do you need to be prepped and ready for bed, but you also want your bedroom to be a cozy escape from the blistering cold outside. Keep reading for all of our cozy tips and tricks to get your sleep and your bedroom winter ready.
11 Winter Sleep Tips
First things first. Below are a few recommendations to ensure your sleep is not affected during the shift of seasons. We have 11 easy and helpful winter sleep tips to make sure you don’t loose any sleep on those cold nights or find yourself hibernating and oversleep.
Winter Sleep Tips #1 – Don’t turn the heat up
When it is extra cold outside the heaters go up inside. However, you want to make sure you don’t overdo it. The optimal sleep temperature for your house remains the same year round, a cool 68-70 degrees. This is because our bodies struggle to regulate body temperature while we are sleeping.
This temperature ensures you won’t overheat throughout the night. As long as you are not taking heavy sedatives to get to sleep, you will likely wake up from the discomfort of overheating. However, if you stick in the recommended temperature range, you should remain comfortable throughout the night. As well as not rack up a higher than necessary energy bill during the winter months.
Winter Sleep Tips #2 – Wake up easier
During the winter season, the days are shorter. However, we still have to get up and go to work in the morning, even if the sun isn’t out yet. This is where a light alarm clock can really add a lot of value to your morning routine. Instead of waking up in a dark bedroom, you will slowly be woken up by a light that gradually turns on in order to simulate the rising of the sun.
We love the Philips Hue Go Lights for this purpose. You can schedule a time for the light to start rising, how fast or slow it illuminates, and even what time you would like the lights to turn back off. One of the reasons we prefer this light over some other light alarm clocks is that it can also be used as a regular nightstand light as well. And an added bonus is that it works with Amazon Echos.
Winter Sleep Tips #3 – Have the right PJ’s
If you’re finding that even with your room set to the prime sleeping temperature that you are still a bit chilly you may want to switch out your summer PJ’s for some warmer winter pajamas. Especially, if you like to hang out in your pajamas in the mornings or evenings.
We suggest getting long sleeves and/or long pants made of a thick cotton material. Avoid polyesters and other synthetic materials that don’t breath. Long cotton pajamas will cover your body to give you some warmth while also remaining breathable and they help to wick moisture away from the body. This will help you stay a comfortable temperature all night long.
Winter Sleep Tips#4 – Socks or no socks?
There is a running debate on whether or not to wear socks to bed. Many people prefer to go to bed without socks on, because they can bunch up or get tight around the ankles and be too warm. It is also suggested to not put socks on your kids when they try to go to sleep. However, trying to go to sleep with ice cold toes can feel a lot like torture. Warm feet have a way of warming the soul and making it much easier to fall asleep.
So if you have trouble with cold feet we suggest a soft pair of wool socks. Wool is a great temperature regulator if it is cold out it will keep your warm and if you get too warm, it can help cool you down as well. Another advantage to wool is that it helps wick away moisture. So if you’re going to get into bed with socks on, wool is a great option for you. Then you can always take your socks off after you get snuggled up too.
Winter Sleep Tips #5 – Enjoy warm, soothing tea
If you need a little help warming up your insides, a nice soothing cup of tea is lovely before bed. For a little extra warmth we love caffeine free spiced tea like Tazo Sweet Cinnamon Herbal Tea because it has warming herbs like cinnamon and clove without any caffeine like a Chai Tea. Be aware that you want to find a truly caffeine free tea vs decaf. This is because some decaf options still contain a low levels of caffeine.
This especially important to keep in mind if you are particularly sensitive to caffeine. However, a nice herbal tea can really sooth the senses and warm you up from the inside out. This is especially helpful if you are feeling especially chilled from the winter air.
Winter Sleep Tips #6 – Get a humidifier
Not only are winter months typically drier. But, when the heaters are running on a regular basis, all of the humidity gets sucked out of the air. Leaving you feeling dry. And not only for your hair and skin, but for all of your breathing passages as well.
In order to stay comfortable and to keep from getting sick, we highly suggest you invest in a quality humidifier for your home. Especially for in your bedroom while you sleep. We like a humidifier that does not need filters, has a warm mist option, and that you can add essential oils too if you like. That is why we love the Steamfast Warm-Mist Humidifier. It does all of that while also being easier to clean.
Winter Sleep Tips #7 – Continue to exercise
When swimsuit season feels like it is forever away, it can be difficult to find the inspiration to go to the gym, but if you continue working out on a regular basis, it will help you to sleep better. When you are a healthy weight and your body is able to let get moving, you are able to sleep harder and deeper later.
If you stop working out during the colder months your health will likely begin to slowly decline, causing the quality of your sleep to go way down. Exercise has such a direct impact on your ability to sleep, read our article Why Exercise Is Good For Sleep to learn why sleep and activity go hand in hand.
Winter Sleep Tips #8 – Eat a lighter dinner
Those big dinners with friends and family around the holidays are inevitable, but they can really make it hard to sleep later. When you’re stuffed to the brim with gravy, meat, potatoes, wine, and pie you likely had a fabulous evening. However, you are about to have a less than wonderful night of sleep. All the food makes it difficult to sleep. We tend to eat heavier foods during the winter because they are more appealing then a fresh salmon salad when it is cold out.
Although if you want to have a good night rest, we suggest you take it easy. Overeating large carb heavy meals can cause severe heartburn. While alcohol tends dehydrate and raise body temperature too high for healthy deep sleeping. Overall, eating large dinners consisting of heavy foods is difficult for your stomach to digest all at once and will overall make it hard for you to get a good nights rest afterwords. So stick to eating less and eating lighter where you can.
Winter Sleep Tips #9 – Take a hot bath
Normally a cup of tea and a snuggle under a blanket will warm you up on a cold day. However, sometimes when you are extra cold you need just a little bit more to warm you up. This is where a warm bath is so helpful during the winter. Dipping yourself into a hot bath and getting in a good soak really penetrates your body and heats you back up.
It is also great for the occasional winter cold as well. If you are wanting to bump up the heating powers of a warm bath, you can add slices of ginger for an added boost of heat and a great scent as well. If you don’t have fresh ginger the amazing warm and inviting scent that Origins Ginger Burst Body Wash and hydrating Body Souffle adds is amazing. This scent alone will warm your soul.
Winter Sleep Tips #10 – Get a good pair of slippers
If you don’t already own a cozy pair of nice slippers, it is well worth the investment to get a good pair when you’re heading into winter. We suggest opting for Sheepskin slippers made with genuine shearling liner and a rubber soul. These soft and cozy slippers offer the ideal option for both Women & Men.
We love quality slippers like these for a couple reasons. These slippers are going to be extra warm and pull any extra moisture away from your feet. You have a durable soul that means if you need to run outside to get the newspaper your feet will be safe and dry inside your slipper. And, if you wear a good pair of slippers around the house your feet are guaranteed to stay nice and cozy, making it much easier to fall asleep right when you get into bed.
Winter Sleep Tips #11 – Snuggle up
Winter is called snuggle season for a darn good reason. It is the perfect weather to cuddle up with your loved ones, a good book, or even you fluffy friend.
There are so many benefits to a good cuddle including staying nice and warm. If you get in a nightly snuggle session right before bed it may even help you to sleep longer and even improve the quality of your sleep.
Read The Benefits of Cuddling to learn more about all of the was cuddling can add to your sleep.
Get Your Bedroom Winter Ready
There are a few key factors to making a winter ready bedroom. You want a soft plush bed with nice warm bedding. Then you want to make sure your room is set up for comfort from the floors to the window sills. The main focus is to keep comfort in and the chilly drafts out, which just so happens to be our first tip.
Check For Drafts
Having a breezy bedroom in the summer isn’t much of a problem, in fact a draft might even help alleviate some of the heat. However, in the winter a strong draft can quickly blow all of the warm, cozy air out and leave you shivering.
A few places to check for drafts first are around windows and doorways. Shut all of the doors you will have shut throughout the night and give a good feel around, you might already know exactly where your draft is coming from. If you need a little extra help we have two tips in different price ranges.
- Use an infrared thermometer, like the Etekcity Lasergrip Thermometer to check the temperature changes around potentially drafty areas. Which tends to run around $20, click the link for an exact price.
- The slightly cheaper option is to carefully take a stick of incense and move it around to see which direction is causing the draft.
Once you find where the draft is coming from you can then determine the best way to close it off to prevent any chilly air getting into your room.
Whether or not you have a draft, a thick set of curtains helps to keep warm rooms warm and cold rooms cold. A quality set of thick black out curtains are really a great addition to have year round.
The curtains act as an extra barrier between your room and the outside, which is why they will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you get a set of thick black out curtains you will also have the benefit of being able to darken your room for a good nap even if it is midday.
A Plush Rug
If you have a thick plush carpet in your room, then you can skip ahead. However, if you have tile, hardwood, laminate, or any other hard cold flooring in your bedroom, then you should consider upgrading your room with a thick plush rug or even a cute faux fur rug.
We promise you that when you have a warm rug to step onto when you first jump out of bed instead of a shockingly cold hard floor, it is going to be a lot easier to get out of bed in the morning. A snuggly rug will also give your room a cozy look and feel to it. Making it more inviting on those cold winter nights.
Creating the perfect winter bedroom isn’t just about staying warm, it is also about the mood you are setting. There is no better way to create a cozy feeling than with a snuggling scented candle. Whether you like a clove and orange foody scent or if you love the refreshing scent of a winter pine tree, having your bedroom scented with the smells of the winter Holidays will warm your soul.
If you don’t want the responsibility of blowing out a candle at night there are plenty of lovely winter scented essential oil mixes that can also fill your room with cozy scents while also keeping you worry free without flames.
If you don’t want to pay to keep your whole house heated through the dead of night, a small space heater can help to keep you warm through the night without the added cost of trying to keep the entire house warm.
It serves as a mini fireplace that you can carry and place anywhere around the house that you want. Be sure to use this sparingly as you still want to keep your room at the optimal 67-69 degrees Fahrenheit. Although a space heater is a great at getting the chill out of the air. We like this ceramic electric space heater with a thermostat found very affordably on Amazon.
Make A Winter Ready Bed
Now that you know how to winter proof your bedroom. As well as a few tips for making sure you get your sleep, now comes the fun part. Time to update your bedding! This time of year makes us think of cozy, warm and snuggly beds. So we want to make sure you have everything you need to create an ideal winter haven.
Warm Winter Sheets
Your lightweight Tencel or percale sheets might not cut it once it gets colder out. We love to switch up our sheets to a softer, and warmer material. There are a few great options we have come across.
Jersey Cotton maintains the benefits of regular cotton while being slightly thicker and a cozier feel. Jersey sheets have the texture of the softest warmest t-shirt ever. They tend to have a nice stretch to them, and they are also rather easy to clean which makes them great for kids. We really love the affordable Tuft & Needle Jersey Sheet Set.
Another wonderful option is a cotton set that uses a sateen weave. This style of cotton sheet is typically thicker but buttery soft and ideal for cooler months without being too hot or heavy. If you want a luxurious sateen sheet set Peacock Alley offers several amazing options.
When you are ready to go full winter ready in your bedroom, then it is time to pull out the flannel sheets. Extra thick and warm, you will love cuddling up in a set of flannel sheets. There are also plenty of flannel sheet sets that come in adorable winter themed colors and patterns, which gives you an adorable winter cottage feel to your bedroom.
Visit our Sheet Reviews page to find some of our favorite sheet sets ideal for cooler months and beyond.
Cozy Weighted Blankets & Comforters
Take your bed to the next level of cozy comfort with a weighted blanket. There are so many different options on the market now, that there is a weighted blanket for just about anyone. Even your dog!
Two of our favorite weighted blankets are the Layla Weighted Blanket and the Bearaby Comforterr. The Layla weighted blanket offers two sides of comfort. With one being a softer fleece side and the other a smooth cotton layer. Both ideal for cool weather. While the Weighted Comforter by Bearaby is a combination of weighted blanket and comforter. Offering a breathable but warm hugging experience. Both blankets are available in an array of sizes ensuring your whole bed is covered in a weighted hug.
If you still like the feel of a thicker but lighter comforter, the Buffy Cloud Comforter is the way to go. It is an ultra soft and breathable down alternative comforter. Made of sustainable materials that keep your temperature regulated all year round. Pair it with extra warm sheets, and this super soft comforter will be perfect for cold winter nights.
Wool Mattress Topper
Typically when you think of a mattress topper you are thinking about the added cushioning. However, a mattress topper can do so much more than just add an extra layer of comfort. A wool mattress topper for example is a heat regulator. Meaning, when are getting too cold it will warm you up, when you are getting warmer it can also help to cool when it is needed as well.
This is what makes wool so fantastic for regulating body temperature. Which actually makes a wool mattress topper like the Sleep & Beyond Wool Mattress Topper a great addition to your bed year round. It offers a super thick layer of organic merino wool. Then covered in organic cotton. This bedding addition is not only plush and cozy, but will warm you up without overheating.
For those nights when the thought of crawling into an ice cold bed is too tough to bear, you are going to want one of these bed warmers. There are all sort of different bed heaters and you should make sure to read any and all directions and warnings for each before using. Several of the different kinds of bed warmers that we really enjoy are actually mattress heaters and heated blankets. Heated blankets are a popular winter weather bedding item, keeping you extra warm while cuddling on the couch or even to add a little extra warmth to your bed.
Make sure you either turn your heated blanket off or that you set a timer that will do that automatically. It can be dangerous to sleep through the night with a heated blanket. This is one of the reasons we love the mattress heater by Sunbeam, it has a timer that you can set to turn off after a certain period of time, so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep with it on. Another reason we prefer a heated mattress pad is because heat rises, so when you get into bed your surrounded by a cuddly cloud of warmth.
One way to make your bedroom feel that extra cozy for winter is to play around with different textures. If your main goal is to change up the overall look of your bedroom to give it a winter or even a Holiday look. Then you can even keep your regular duvet cover and change out your throw pillows and/or throw blanket to turn your bed into a winter wonderland.
When working with textures, it is fun to layer different textures throughout your bedroom. You can start with a thick sheet and them a smooth or even silkey duvet cover. On top of that you can then a bold textured throw blanket or rug to add some extra dimension to your room. If you love the thick knitted quilt look as much as we do, check out the Bearaby Weighted Napper Blanket, it is not only totally adorable and comes in a variety of color options, but it is also a weighted blanket. Bonus! And it works great to snuggle up on the sofa with too.
Don’t be afraid of going a little darker with your bedding and decor than your normally would in the summer. Light breezy whites and soft light colors are great for summer. This is because they send out the vibe of being light and cool.
If you add a couple darker colors to your color palate for winter it can feel very cozy and comforting. We love charcoal grey, navy, and even warm burgundies for a pop color in a bedroom. One way to keep your bedroom feeling like home is to stay in the same color family that you normally go with and update it is heavier materials and slightly darker colors.
For example if you typically go with a sky blue cotton throw, you could go for a thick knit navy throw for the winter. Or upgrade your light pink for a darker maroon color.
Winter Sleep Tips Final Thoughts:
We hope after reading our winter sleep and bedroom ready tips you see how simple and fun updating for winter can really be. It is all about staying nice and cozy when it is cold out and never compromising your sleep. If you loved any of our tips or if you have one of your own that you would like to share with us, let us know! Head to our Contact Us page and shoot us a quick email, we would love to hear from you.