Top tips on staying warm in winter

Staying warm in winter can prove difficult, causing all sorts of health problems – especially for the elderly who often are on a low income so can’t afford to heat their home, and those with disabilities.

With the colder months approaching, staying warm can hold off nasty colds and flues and more serious health problems such as sleep deprivation, heart attacks, pneumonia and depression.

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Top Tips On Staying Warm

  • Keep your main living room at around 18-21°C (65-70°F). To keep costs down heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.
  • Heat a hot water bottle and place in your bed around half an hour before you want to go to sleep. Then refill the hot water bottle just before you get into bed. This way the bed will be warm when you go to sleep and will keep you warm into the night. (Extra tip: place a hot water bottle near your feet – warm feet help to keep the rest of your body warm)
  • Eat well. Food is crucial for keeping up your energy – this in turn keeps your body warm. Have regular hot drinks but also keep well hydrated with lots of water. 
  • Keep active however possible when home. Sitting down all day will lower your heart rate. Try a move around when possible to warm up, and it’s free!
  • Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer clothing and keep feet warm with a good pair of socks or slippers. Try to stay inside if it’s really cold outside.
  • If you have elderly or disabled friends, it’s nice (and sometimes essential)  to check in on them to make sure they’re well and warm enough.If you’re worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.

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