그 cold out there this winter—and it’s only going to get colder. Since it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when it’s too chilly to relax, the Lifehacker team assembled their best strategies for making the warmest bed possible.
Use these tips as a mix-and-match guide: the more you add, the warmer your bed will become!
- Add extra blankets. (Yes, that’s kind of a no-brainer, but we have to start somewhere.)
- Layer your blankets in the right order. Put knitted or crocheted afghans under your quilt/duvet, not on top—knit fabrics have air pockets that can trap warm air and keep it in the bed where it belongs. You could even put an afghan between the sheets for extra warmth.
- If you’re shopping for an electric blanket, read our guide—and consider a heated mattress pad instead.
- Have sex and/or masturbate—but do it under the covers, so the body heat doesn’t escape. (See if you can get it so hot that you start sweating.)
- On the subject of escaping body heat: when you wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, don’t fling the covers back. That just lets cold air into your bed. Try to get out of bed without disturbing your layers of blankets and sheets, so they’ll still be warm when you return.
- If you have pets, let them sleep in the bed with you. Just this once.
- Wash your sheets frequently, so you can pull them over your head without breathing old-sheet stench.
- Consider sticking a little bit of your head outside of the covers, so the rest of you feels warmer by comparison. As Herman Melville wrote in Moby-Dick: “To enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast.”
What other bed-warming tips do you have to share?