Category: Stay warm
Staying warm in winter is both important and makes the colder months of the year much more enjoyable. Being cold is unpleasant and potentially dangerous.
Stay warm, stay well
Colder weather places many at an increased health risk for experiencing a heart attack or stroke, and it's more likely to come down with a viral infection and once you do, it creates an increased risk for developing complications like pneumonia as well. Many with chronic health conditions like asthma, arthritis, diabetes and depression find that cold weather makes it more challenging to manage their condition well.
The easiest way to be prepared for all that winter may bring is investing in a winter wardrobe. It doesn't have to break the bank -shop in January/February and it's possible to pick up some great bargains - or head to a car boot sale or local charity shop. If cost isn't your primary concern, we recommend investing in quality, durable, sustainably made winter clothing that will last for many years to come.
Layer for warmth
Not only is staying warm important for your health, being cold can be dangerous. Hypothermia (when the body's temperature drops below 35C) is a serious condition if not treated properly and isn't just relegated to extreme accidents like falling into cold water. Hypothermia can be caused by wearing inadequate clothing in cold weather, living in a cold house or being very tired or chronically ill and cold. It can develop at temperatures of 8-10C in windy, wet weather and staying outdoors - even if temperatures are above freezing - wearing inadequate clothing, is generally not recommended.
The NHS recommends:
- if you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
- keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
- during the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C
- to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), babies should sleep in rooms heated to between 16C and 20C
- if you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable
- draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
- get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
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