As winter approaches you may start to notice
tiredness more than in the summer months. As the days become
shorter and the darkness seems to become unavoidable, our bodies
instinctively remind us that we are tired.


If you've ever noticed that you tend to feel tired at the same
times each day, you have your
circadian rhythm
to thank. You may wonder what this is exactly?
Well, in short this is your 24-hour internal clock that constantly
runs in the background of your brain, shifting between tiredness
and alertness at regular intervals. As we are exposed to more
nighttime in the winter months, our circadian rhythms become more
predominant to our senses, making us feel more prone to
tiredness.



For most adults, the biggest dip in energy
happens in the middle of the night (somewhere between 2am and 4am)
and just after lunchtime (around 1pm to 3pm). Those times may
differ if you're naturally a night owl or a morning person. You
also won't feel the dips and rises of if you're all caught up on
sleep.


With this in mind, it is very important to sleep
well during the cold winter months to avoid dips in energy during
the day. If you are sleep-deprived you'll notice bigger swings of
sleepiness and alertness. Here are our top tips for securing a good
night's sleep on a chilly night:


  • One way you could prepare for these cold nights
    is to increase the number of layers you're wearing, or switch to
    pyjamas of a different fabric. Be careful not to be too layered as
    we need cool environments to sleep.


  • Safety
    blankets
    are an easy and effective way to ensure
    you're snug and warm these cold nights. Although the prime benefit
    of an electric blanket is to provide warmth, there are also
    benefits that come with using an electric blanket. People who
    suffer with aching muscles and joints can often experience
    difficulty sleeping. Another benefit of a heated blanket is that
    the heat can help ease the aching. It is advised that before
    sleeping you unplug the blanket to prevent the risk of it
    overheating and becoming a fire hazard. No matter if you have a
    single bed, double bed, king size bed or a superking, a safety
    blanket might be for you.

  • Take winter into your own hands and ensure the
    tog rating of your duvet is up to scratch. The higher the tog
    rating the warmer you will be, for winter a

    13.5 tog duvet
    is recommended for maximum heat
    retention. 'Tog' rating is the effectiveness of a material's
    thermal insulation, the filling of the duvet and its ability to
    trap air and in turn provide more warmth, determines what tog
    rating a duvet will receive.