Keep Warm & Well this Winter
It’s important to look after yourself in winter, especially during the pandemic, as cold temperatures can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of flu and other lung-related problems.
How can I keep myself warm?
Even if it isn’t a severe winter, cold weather makes us more susceptible to certain illnesses. Follow these tips to stay healthy and keep warm indoors and out.
- Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air. Clothes made from wool or fleecy synthetic fibres such as polyester are a better choice than cotton. Start with thermal underwear, warm tights or socks.
- Use a hot-water bottle, wheat bag or an electric blanket to warm the bed.
- Check whether your electric blanket can be kept on all night. Some blankets should only be used to warm the bed before you get in. If you have continence difficulties, talk to your doctor before using one.
- Never use a hot-water bottle and an electric blanket together as this can be dangerous and get your electric blanket checked every three years by an expert.
- Check local news and weather forecasts for advice when cold weather is predicted.
- Keep moving - Try not to sit still for more than one hour at a time. You might not think it, but even a little bit of activity can help you to keep strength and mobility.
How can I keep my home warm?
- Close the curtains in the evenings and fit thermal linings if you can. This will keep the heat in.
- Keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold. The coldest time of the day is just before dawn and breathing in cold air increases the risk of chest infections.
- Draught-proof doors and windows, insulate the loft, lag the hot-water tank and pipes, and consider getting cavity-wall insulation. These measures will help to keep your home warm and your energy bills down – and you may be able to get financial help to set these up.
- Keep your main living room heated to 21°C (70°F).
- Heat your bedroom to 18°C (64°F).
Visit www.ageuk.org.uk for more information on how to keep well this winter.