As soon as the leaves start falling, it’s time to pack up your summer bedding and pull out the winter stuff from storage. There’s nothing worse than being caught off guard by subzero sleeping temperatures, after all. But crawling under the same comforter or using the same set of sheets winter after winter isn’t necessarily inviting. And considering the importance of a good night’s sleep, you should make sure we’re doing everything you can to make your sleeping environment more inviting. If your bedding is suffering from the winter blahs, don’t let yourself follow suit. Make sure you have some winter bedding essentials to help you and your family get a warm and snuggly night of sleep.
If you’ve never crawled into a set of flannel sheets in the wintertime, you’re missing out. Flannel is not only luxuriously soft against your skin, but its brushed surface also traps air, keeping you warm while still allowing your skin to breathe without overheating. And if you’re looking for flannel sheets, you can’t beat flannel sheets. They're made with 100% Supima cotton, which represents the top 3% of all cotton grown in the United States. Plus, the sheets are guaranteed to fit mattresses up to 18 inches deep. You can also monogram our flannel sheets and pillowcases to make them feel extra special and just for you.
During winter, you definitely need a heavier comforter or duvet than what you use in the summer. On cold winter nights, you’ll want to trap the warm air in and keep the cold air out. But not all comforters and duvets are the same. Some might be warm, but they are so heavy that you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night because you’re hot and sweaty. Unlike synthetic comforters, down comforters are great because they keep you warm without the extra unnecessary weight.
Lands’ End’s Duck Down Comforters are ideal, as they’re “super-cleaned” for optimal purity, making them dust- and odor-free. Plus, they have internal “baffle boxes” that keep the down evenly distributed instead of clumping up in one part of the comforter. You can also use Lands’ End comforters as duvets since they have corner ties that attach to the inside of their duvet covers to keep them in place. That means you can buy as many different duvet patterns as you'd like without having to invest in a new comforter every time you want to change the look of your bedroom.
Weighted blankets are great for all seasons, as they help calm you by applying even pressure across your body like a warm hug. That extra weight can certainly help you fall asleep on a cold winter’s night, especially if you’re under stress and have difficulty falling asleep — and they’re great for restless kids too. You don’t want it to be too heavy, though. For the best night’s sleep, experts say the weight of the blanket should be equal to 10% of your body weight, plus one to two pounds.
Want to feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud? Try a mattress pad on top of your existing mattress. There are lots of different mattress pads on the market, and some are even heated for wintertime. Whether you’re looking for a fluffy mattress pad, a heated one, or simply one that adds support to tide you over until your next mattress purchase, there are certain features you should look for. Choose a mattress pad with elastic all around instead of just at the corners; this will ensure it stays put. Check how deep it is too. Many of today’s mattresses are thicker than the ones of the past, so look for one that fits a mattress 18 inches deep to ensure a good fit. It should also be machine washable so you can keep it clean with ease.
If you have kids, don’t forget about their bedding, unless you want them crawling into bed with you every night because they’re cold and can’t sleep. Most kids actually get quite excited about new kids’ bedding since it has a way of making their room look brand new. You may find that if you put a warm comforter on their bed with their favorite character on it, they’ll even look forward to bedtime.
Whether you’re watching TV, reading, sleeping, or telling bedtime stories, your bed should be warm and inviting, especially during the cold winter months. Make sure everyone in the family has a special place to tuck themselves in this winter.