A sleep expert has revealed the most ideal place to put your hot water bottle on your body to make the most out of it.
This comes as struggling Brits scramble for cost-efficient ways to stay warm this winter. From electric blankets to thermal clothes, there are a number of ways people can prevent having to put the heating on to avoid high energy bills.
One particular effective method is by filling up a hot water bottle and resting it on your body or keeping it close by in bed at night. But to benefit the most from your hot water bottle, experts at Bed Kingdom have shared their top tips to keep your house and bedroom cosy and warm.
Below is a look at everything they recommend, including where exactly is best to keep your bottle.
Where to keep your hot water bottle
Most of us are turning to hot water bottles and holding them close to our bodies but there may be some other ways which could work better. Rather than keeping it in your bed just before you head to sleep, get yourself comfortable in bed as normal and place the bottle on your stomach.
Keeping the bottle on your stomach will allow heat to spread across your body and relax your muscles. This will help you to relax and drift off to sleep, experts say.
*Never put boiling water in a hot water bottle
Save £45 on your heating bill every year
The cold weather can cause chaos in a home as reducing how well your heating system works. The experts have confirmed a few easy ways to draught-proof your home to prevent cold air from sneaking in.
Anyone who is a keen DIYer, use a match or a lighter to locate the exact spots of your draught. Move it around any windows or door frames to find the areas and then use any of the following to tackle cold draughts:
- Bubble wrap
- Cling film
- Draught excluders
Draught proofing could save you up to £45 a year on fuel bills. This could be more if you opt for more professional methods like:
- Use DIY sheet plastics to draught-proof windows
- Applying insulation tape or self-adhesive foam strips on draught spots around your windows
Use the right kind of duvet
The right duvet is essential for keeping warm this winter however this is dependent on your duvet tog preference and how low the temperature may drop. Typically, it is recommended to have a duvet of 13.5-tog or higher during the colder months and they are usually priced between £15 and £25.
If you find that you often wake up too hot in bed then you might prefer a lighter tog. But, for anyone who struggles to stay warm, you could opt to go up to a 15-tog duvet – usually costing between £20 – £30.
Cotton sheets are recommend for the cosiest sleep but if you want something warmer, experts say flannel sheets are the best. Flannel sheets have better insulation, thickness and are made from breathable fabrics.
Heat your sheets in under a minute
If you hate the feeling of climbing into bed to cold sheets after a difficult day at work – it might be a good idea to spend a minute warming your sheets with a hairdryer. To safely use a hairdryer to heat your sheets, hold the device at least six inches away from the fabric and your sheets will be lovely and warm ready to sleep.
Make the most out of your radiator
Radiators are the most important source of heat in any heating system but there are some ways to maximise how effective your radiator is. The experts claim that up to 40 percent of heat is lost from radiators due to badly insulated walls however there are cost friendly ways to save some heat.
Using sheets of foil – even tin foil – and placing them behind your radiator can reflect heat energy back into your room rather than it being lost in your walls. If you have available wall space above your radiator, putting shelves above it can save heat and reduce your bills.
Rather than allowing heat to rise to your ceiling, shelves can push it forward into your room to heat it up. Homeowners are also advised to bleed their radiators ahead of winter to prevent radiators making noises or remaining cold at the top.
Move your furniture
While it might seem like a lot of effort, simply moving around your bedroom furniture and rearranging your space increases your warmth. Try to avoid putting any furniture against radiators as this can prevent heat from being distributed around your room.
It is recommended that your bed shouldn't be against a wall but if it's necessary, try to arrange your bed against an internal wall rather than an external one. This will help to reduce the amount of cold air getting to your body from the surface.
Heat-proof your floors
The experts say that around 10 percent of heat loss in your home happens when heat escapes through floors. If you have wooden or laminate floors, you're more likely to lose heat.
A great way to prevent this is by using rugs. These not only make your bedroom more stylish but can also insulate your floors to ensure that heat stays in your home. Wool rugs in particular are perfect for helping your bedroom to stay warm this winter.