If you dread the advent of winter, because snow and ice are never as exciting as they seem in the movies, because there’s nothing worse than getting into an ice-cold bed at night, or watching TV in a freezing apartment, you’ll want this stay-warm advice! 1. Heat things up Switching on a small heater in your bedroom 10 minutes before you go to bed – and remember to close the door – will make your room and getting into bed so much cosier! If you don’t have an electric heater, a hot water bottle works almost as well. Hug one as you drift off to sleep, or place it near your feet and you'll be warm in no time. Bonus: it keeps the electricity costs down. (You're welcome.) Always be aware of any potential fire risks when using an electric heater, though, and be safe. 2. Hot pajamas Speaking of hot water hottles, wrap your PJs around one, 30 minutes before going to bed. That way, they'll be nice and warm by the time you put them on, ready for a toasty night’s sleep. 3. Sleep tight We’ll talk about layering your outfit in a minute, but it doesn't just apply to clothes. You’ll be amazed how much warmer you are if you add an extra layer on top of your duvet or blankets when you sleep. If you don't have an extra throw at home, check out budget-friendly places like Ikea, Miniso or Walmart. Really strapped for cash? Your bathrobe or a coat thrown on top will keep the heat in just as well. 4. Rug up A bare floor will keep you cool during the summer. Unfortunately they don’t do a very good job at keeping you warm during winter. 6 herbal remedies you should have at home during flu season Laying a rug or carpet down if you have wooden floorboards or tiles makes for an added layer of insulation. If you don’t have one, and can’t justify shelling out for a new one, an old blanket or duvet will do the trick too. And if you're really on a budget, get a bathmat - the soft, fluffy kind - and put it where you spend a lot of time -for example, under your desk so your feet stay warm while you finish your assignments. 5. Compliments to the chef A drop in temperature also gives you the perfect excuse to whip up some comfort food. Whether that's a filling mac and cheese or some delicious chocolate chip cookies, cooking in winter is just so much more fun because you're not sweating like a pig. But the food is not the hack. After using the oven, leave the door open slightly to fill your home with warmth - and it'll smell good too! 6. Super easy hot chocolate Take an empty glass jar and add some cocoa powder, marshmallows, Maltesers, chocolate chips ... Get creative! Make up several jars, close them tight, and store them in a dry place. When you’re feeling particularly cold, simply heat up some milk or soy milk, pour in and stir. Aaaaaand relax. 7. Wear tights under your jeans While possibly the most versatile pair of clothing, a pair of jeans doesn’t exactly keep you super warm during winter. Luckily, wearing a pair of tights underneath means you can rock your favourite denim even when temperatures fall drastically. And, guys, this is one for you, too, because no one can tell what you ’ve got on underneat h ... unless you announce it. 8. Give your sweaters a second life Sweaters take up a lot of space in your cupboard; but how often have you found an old jumper with a hole or unravelled yarn that you failed to ditch? Instead of throwing away that favourite, but ruined, cable knit, why not upcycl e it to create adorable leg warmers and hand warmers? 9. Layer properly If you paid attention in your physics class, you’ll remember that layering is the best solution to keep warm. The air between each layer acts as an insulator, so get out as many items of clothing from your wardrobe as possible, but put them on in the right order. The basic principle is to have the materials that trap heat close to your skin, and then a layer than keeps out the cold on top of it all. You also want the layer right on top of your skin to be a breathable fabric. Here’s the ultimate order from the inside out: cotton, wool, fleece, and windbreaker. Also, scarves and glove will fill in the spaces where cold air can creep in, so don’t forget those! 10. No drafts, please Often, large gaps under doors or around windows allow chilly air from the outside to enter your room, or create a draft through the home. Stuff the spaces with an old towel to seal the gap and retain the heat. It ’ll reduce your electricity bill, too, if you’re not heating the outdoors! 11. DIY heating pad Have spare socks just sitting around in your drawer? Fill them with uncooked rice, tie up the opening with a ribbon, and heat in the microwave for two to three minutes. Instant heating pad! If you want to get fancy, add some dried lavender to the rice and pretend you're at a spa. This article was curated in conjunction with Young Post . Better Life is the ultimate resource for enhancing your personal and professional life. This article was curated by Young Post . Better Life is the ultimate resource for enhancing your personal and professional life.