5 tips to stay warm

With the Met Office issuing a Yellow warning for severe weather across most of the country, these 5 tips can help you stay warm no matter how chilly the weather outside gets.

1. Warm yourself first.
It’s easier to change your body temperature than room temperature, not to mention more eco-friendly. Instead of turning up the heat, put on another layer of clothing.

2. Wear a hat.
Your mom may have said that you lose 80 percent of your body heat through your head, but that’s not actually true. If you’re otherwise clothed, you’ll lose heat from any surface that’s exposed. So put on your hat, even if you’re inside.

3. Switch between hot and cold water in the shower.
Hot showers immediately warm you up, but cold showers improve blood circulation between your skin and organs. Cold showers are also correlated with a stronger immune system.

4. Two words: Programmable thermostat.
Another two words: Obvious, right? Stay toasty on schedule, so you never go home to a living room that’s colder than outside. You can even do it with your smartphone.

5. Layer your covers with the thinnest, densest ones on top.
It’s intuitive, but fluffy blankets should be closer to your skin. Thin, dense blankets should be on top to prevent convective heat loss. Bonus tip: Don’t put your bed directly against an exterior wall. You’ll be warmer if you leave a little space.

1 12 Toasty Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather http://mentalfloss.com/article/60076/12-toasty-tips-staying-warm-cold-weather
accessed online 15 January 2016

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