As winter sets in and the cold seeps into your body and home there are different ways to keep warm. In order to get restful sleep, keeping the rest of the family warm and being healthy you need to find ways to stay warm. Here are some tips to stay warm in the winter months:
1. Windows and Doors-
It’s a good idea to check for breezes and drafts before the cold weather sets in. Weather stripping should be replaced every few years. Window calking should be checked also. Putting draft dodger(rubber at the bottom of the door) at the bottom of outer doors helps keep cold air from coming in. A towel at the bottom of the door or piece of cardboard or other material across where the draft comes in. A towel on the floor at the bottom of the door keeps the cold air out.
2. Keep Body Warm With Warm Drinks-
Teas, hot chocolate or coffee through out the day will help to keep your body warm. Alcoholic beverages dilate the blood vessels and makes it easier for heat to leave the body. Foods rich in carbohydrates and protein are good to keep you warm for a long period of time.
Even being inside the house it is a good idea to wear layers. At least three layers will allow your skin to breath. Silk and wool are materials that allow air to circulate. Inside wearing a tank top, t-shirt and a light sweater can help to keep the heat bills down. If you get warm you can always remove the sweater, and if you are still cold add a heavier sweater. Layers are a good habit to get into.
4. Hats, Gloves and Scarves-
As most people know heat escapes through the top of your head. So wearing a hat is a smart idea. And you don’t want frost bite so it’s a good idea to wear gloves. Scarves keep your neck warm and comfortable.
5. Being Dry to Stay Warm-
If you are wet you can suffer from hypothermia in temperatures of 40 degrees F. Heat in your body is used to evaporate water on your skin when you sweat. If you are cold and then become wet the moisture will suck the heat out of your body. Dry skin is far better at keeping you warm than wet clothes. Putting on warm clothing as soon as possible is very important.
6. Hot Water Bottle-
The hot water bottle has been used since the 16th century. It is nice to come to bed and have the covers nice and warm for you. You can get one at the local pharmacy and they even have ones now that your can warm in the microwave. Don’t use boiling water or the bottle could expand and even explode.