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Dear Dave: How Can I Stay Warm in Bed?

Scranton, PA — It’s only December, but I’ve already heard customers complaining of waking up cold in the middle of the night. Here in North Carolina, the coldest part of winter is still yet to come, so I decided to find some new ways to keep us all warmer this season.I received the following email from Katie last week:

Dear Dave,

I change out my usual blanket for a thicker one this time of the year, but I still wake up shivering in the middle of the night. I usually end up grabbing a throw blanket to put over me, but getting out of bed to grab it makes me even colder.

How can I go to bed warm and stay that way all night?


Staying Warm in Bed

Right away, I pointed Katie in the direction of an article I published several years ago – Dear Dave: What’s the Warmest Bedding for Winter? In that article, I talked about flannel sheets, electric blankets and the difference between silk, wool and fleece bedding. All can keep you warm and should be picked based on preference.

Upon rereading my words, though, I realized that there are even more ways we can keep warm this winter. Some of them might make you feel like a camper (or a little silly), but hey. It’s not like anyone (apart from maybe your partner or your kids) will ever see you. If it works, it works. Check out these suggestions:

  1. Wear warm socks and a knit hat to bed. It sounds odd, but covering your head and feet are some of the best ways to keep you warm both indoors and out.
  2. Keep a humidifier in your room to raise the overall temperature.
  3. Place a heated pad under your body. This works faster than an electric blanket.
  4. Eat a high-calorie, high-fat snack right before bed (like a hard-boiled egg, almonds or peanut butter).
  5. Go to the bathroom before bed to avoid having to get up in the middle of the night.
  6. Make sure your bed is covered in layers before you hit the sack – you can always peel back any bedding that makes you too warm, and you won’t have to lose body heat by getting up.

I hope these tips keep you warm and cozy this season.

Sleep well,


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