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How to keep warm in winter (without turning the heating up)
Wednesday, 14 October · 1 min read

Feeling cold in winter isn’t just uncomfortable — it can also affect your health.

For example, cold temperatures make your heart work harder to keep you warm and may raise your risk of a heart attack or stroke. They can also make asthma symptoms worse.

So it's important to keep your body warm as temperatures drop.

You can do this by heating your home to at least 18C. But if you're still feeling the cold, there are ways to keep warm without turning up the heat.

Try to:

  • dress in layers made from cotton, fleece and wool
  • use a hot water bottle, a microwave heat pack or hand warmers
  • eat hot meals — at least once a day
  • drink hot drinks regularly
  • stay active as exercise can help keep you warm
  • stand up and move every hour if you’re sitting
Quote of the day

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

Edith Sitwell, writer

Tips to keep your home warm