Keeping warm in winter – do I need new bedding?

Nights are longer and the days are shorter, like it or not, winter is here! You’re probably already noticing the temperature drop in your home – you’ll have to have the heating on higher and longer – and the same surely goes for your bedroom. While hot summers often leaves us kicking off the sheets during the night, in winter, quilts often don’t provide enough warmth.

If you’re a fan of snuggling up in bed during the winter months – what type of bedding works best – and should you shell out for new quilts to cope with the chill? Check out our advice for finding the best bedding for the winter months…

More blankets:

Your first option for dealing with the winter chill is to simply pile on the extra layers. If you’re determined to raise the temperature, adding one or two extra blankets is a good idea: layers trap heat and keep it next to your body. The problem with this method, is that extra quilts can be heavy and difficult to physically wrangle in bed . There’s also a tendency for them to get too hot, forcing you to wake up in the night to throw blankets onto the floor (only to scoop them back up when it gets cold again!).

Change materials:

It’s obvious that some materials are warmer than others. Some types of bedding are breathable, meaning that you’ll feel cooler in warm conditions and vice versa.

  • Cotton: cheap, available and breathable, cotton is a good all-purpose bedding. Depending on how much you’re willing to pay however, you may end up with a low-quality product.
  • Silk: cool and lightweight, this material is good for warmer parts of the year but might leave you shivering in the depths of winter.
  • Satin: another  cooler option, satin may look and feel luxurious but is unsuitable for most people during winter.
  • Flannel: much too warm for summer – but perfect for cosy nights in the winter.
  • Wool: wool blankets offer great warmth  – trapping air in pockets over their surface. Finding a good wool blanket may be expensive.

Tog and thread count:

The tog rating of a quilt is an industry standard which tells you how warm the product is going to be. Tog values don’t really reflect how physically light or heavy a blanket is going to be  – so don’t assume heavyweight quilts are going to be automatically warmer. Anything from 12 to 14 tog is going to be warm during the winter – but if you need that extra level of cosiness, you could go up to 18 tog.

Thread counts are another factor to consider when looking at linens – higher thread counts will be more expensive and  warmer during the night – but may also be far less breathable. A higher thread count does not necessarily translate to better quality and it really comes down to personal preference – make sure you like how the linen feels before you buy!

Bedding is only a small part of your sleep experience – you might want to ‘cheat’ a little and get an electric blanket (or even buy a warmer set of pyjamas). Better bedding does, however, contribute to better sleeps – and when the temperature drops during winter, a good night’s rest becomes more important than ever!

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