As Jon Snow said in last season’s Game of Thrones, “winter is coming.” And now, mid-January, it’s here. To escape freezing temperatures and chilling wind gusts, we created a few helpful suggestions on how to stay warm.

Hint: they all include your bed!

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Layer Up

You can transform your bed into a wintry retreat by adding layers of comfy covers, quilts and textured throws. It makes a difference, especially on frigid weekend afternoons when you’re looking to curl up with a good book and cup of hot chocolate. Speaking of which…

Sip for Sleep

When we were kids, our parents gave us glasses of warm milk before bed to help us fall asleep faster. Milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that induces sleep. (You hear that insomniacs?) We think nothing pairs better with milk than chocolate, so as the wind howls outside your window, escape into your bed with a cup of nap-inducing hot chocolate that we like to call Cozy Cinnamon Hot Chocolate.

What You’ll Need

·     1 tablespoon cocoa powder and granulated sugar

·      1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

·      1/2 teaspoon vanilla

·      2 tablespoons and 3/4 cup milk

·      1 super comfortable pillow and blanket

To prepare, heat the milk until steamy and then mix all ingredients together for a delightfully warming treat.

 

Candles for Comfort

If you don’t have a fireplace in your bedroom (and let’s face it, how many of us do), you can still create a cozy ambiance by adding candles to your nightstand. Aromatic and soft, candles are the perfect appurtenance to transforming your bedroom into your own winter wonderland. Jack Frost who?!