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Keeping warm on a budget through the winter might seem like an impossible task. With rising fuel prices and tighter budgets, savvy scrimpers have been looking for different ways to retain their body heat.
Well, we’ve decided to round up some of the more inventive - and slightly odd - ways the strange people of the internet keep warm at night.
So here we have it, 5 ways to beat the winter blues -
1. Take your pets to bed with you:
They’re not called man’s best friend for no reason. Get these critters under your sheets and they’ll warm you up in no time. The heat they generate from their bodies is like your own in-bed radiator; so don’t bother with the heating , just in bed with you with your fluffy companion.
2. Bring out the candles:
Not only do candles light up your room - which is great for those cosy romantic nights - they generate quite a bit of heat as well.
These little gems are life savers, so if you find yourself venturing into the wilderness, make sure you carry a few tea-lights with you.
For the home user, lighting a few candles in your room will make quite the difference - just remember to blow them out before you go to bed.
3. Bury yourself under your duvet:
If there’s a sure fire way to keep yourself warm at night it’s burying yourself under the duvet. Sleeping underneath the sheets will wrap you in a pocket of warm air, just make sure you leave a gap so you can breathe - that’s quite important.
Give it ten minutes or so and you’ll never ever want to leave your bed again - which is no good at 7 am on a Tuesday.
4. Get some soup in yer belly:
By drinking warm fluids before you go to bed, you’ll raise the temperature of your body. Although drinking cold fluids is more effective at warming you up, a bowl of cold soup isn’t the most comforting experience - maybe sip on a can of pop instead?
5. Treat yourself to a brand new duvet:
If you didn’t catch our previous feature, buying a new duvet can greatly impact how warm you keep at night.
We recommend you go 4 to 6 togs up from what you currently use - so, if you have a duvet at tog 9, buy a new duvet at tog 13 - simple!
If you’ve got any hints or tips of your own, then share them in the comments section below.