Why your central heating could be to blame for your sleepless nights in winter

Here's how to counteract it

Getting a good nights sleep is crucial to our well being and productivity. Many of us will start to feel groggy as the days get shorter and blame the season. However, when it comes to how to get to sleep in winter your heating could be the thing that's preventing you from drifting off in the winter months.

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According to psychologist Hope Bastine, the resident mindfulness expert for sleep technology firm Simba, turning up the heat could be turning down your sleep quality.

How to get to sleep in winter

'Winter conjures up roaring fires, toasty bed socks and curling up under the covers,' she explains. 'But in a bid to get cosy, our central heating can be stopping our sleep in its tracks.'

bedroom with white wall and pillows on bed with table lamp

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'Central heating can be the enemy of restorative slumber. When we start playing with the thermostat, too cold or too warm temperatures can disrupt your body's natural sleeping process.'

The central heating can also cause dehydration leaving you with that dry mouth feeling in the morning, or feeling thirsty when you wake up. Your radiators aren't the only thing in your home you need to consider. Reaching for the highest tog winter duvet could also be overheating you an disrupting your sleep.

'Overheating is one of the biggest barriers to restorative and quality sleep,' says Hope. To nail the perfect bedroom temperature for sleep, Hope suggests setting the thermostat to between 16 degrees and 18 degrees.

'Setting the thermostat and maintaining a bedroom temperature of 18 degrees or lower mimic the body's hibernation state and help maintain a calmer state of mind,' adds Hope.

Keeping the bedroom temperature low, but adding an electric blanket to the bed can also be a great way to achieve optimum temperature without the drying and overheating effects of whacking up the central heating. Look for an option with adjustable temperature settings to allow you to toggle the temperature to your preferred warmth levels.

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In addition to turning the heating down, you can also invest in temperature regulating bedding. Simba has a range of temperature-regulating Hybrid duvets and pillows. They have been engineered to help draw heat away from the body, and warm you up if the temperature drops.

Alternatively, if you aren't prepared to replace your duvet and pillow, try Marks and Spencers comfortably cool bedding. The bedding promises to keep core body temperatures cool, whatever the weather.

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Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.