Can you feel the chill in the air? To beat a Game of Thrones reference to death, ‘winter is coming’ and I’m still not ready. After such an unseasonably warm Christmas, it seems almost wrong to complain, but I consider it my right as a British citizen to moan about the weather.
Recently Bensons for Beds got in touch to find out my top tips** for keeping the family healthy in winter. They had conducted a study around the impact of sleep deprivation on the immune system, and wanted to hear from real families about our wellbeing habits.
How to Keep Healthy in Winter
When it comes to staying healthier in winter, I’m a big one for layering the kids up in vests, thermal tops and jumpers. I know there’s no viral link between cold weather and the cold bug, but I also know that an exposed chest often leads to the sniffles. And it’s a slippery slope from sniffling and sneezing to full-blown flu.
I’m also obsessed with keeping our immune system in tip-top shape and swear by 1000mg Vitamin C reinforced with zinc.
But my number one tip for keeping the whole family healthier is simple: get more sleep! We’re all night owls (and owlets), so it’s a real challenge; but even shifting bedtime back half an hour can make a huge difference.
The added bonus is the babes are far less grumpy in the daytime after a solid night’s rest.
Some more items on our Winter Health checklist:
Exercise — Tricky when all you want to do is snuggle under a duvet with a hot water bottle. But even short bursts of energy, anything from a spot of vacuuming, to my favourite — busting some moves with a hula hoop — can improve your health, and warm you up too!
Fresh Air — The Scandis have the right attitude: bundle up in winter cosies and then get outdoors for a blast of fresh air. Helps revitalise the system and keep those bugs at bay.
Winter Soups — If salads don’t appeal to the kids, chuck those winter veggies in a blender and make some nutritious soups and smoothies. Simple way to get your 5 a day.
Bed Socks — As the temperature drops, I send the babes to bed with socks on and it definitely improves their sleep. Also if your little one has a chesty cold and cough, try applying a vapour rub on their feet and putting them in bed socks. I’ve not tried this remedy myself yet but several mums I know vouch for its super powers.
For more ideas from some other fab bloggers, check out the Winter Sleep and Family Health Tips on Bensons for Beds blog!
**Collaboration with Bensons for Beds