Not everyone can afford to buy an electric generator or will be able to get a steady supply of fuel for it. Also, not everyone has a fireplace or a wood burning stove. Thus, this article will discuss other ways to remain warm while sleeping during a winter power blackout. Remaining warm while sleeping is more difficult than remaining warm while awake. A person who is awake is more active and is generating more body heat.
Although propane or kerosene heaters can keep house rooms warm, those using these heaters must practice fire safety. Those who sleep with these heaters running have an increased risk of becoming victims of fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, there should be good ventilation in the room that has the portable heater.
During the day, it might be easier to sleep. This is because it would be warmer, especially if family members slept in a room where the sunlight is streaming into it.
If family members’ sleep habits, however, allow them to sleep only at night, they probably should sleep in their basements, which are better insulated against the cold. Putting a thermometer in the different rooms should indicate which rooms are the warmest and when they are the warmest.
A family probably would be able to keep a small room warmer if the entire family concentrated their body heat mainly in that one, small room. Another option would be to pitch a tent in a room and have multiple family members sleep in the tent during different sleep shifts. The more family members that sleep in the tent, the more body heat there will be in the tent. Sleeping pads would provide both comfort and insulation from cold floors.
The type of clothing that would keep a family member warm during the day would help to do so at night also. Sleeping fully clothed might not be as comfortable as pajamas, but being fully clothed would keep sleepers warmer. Wearing a wool, stocking cap, for example would keep the head warm. This is critical, if the head would not be under blankets or in the sleeping bag. Cold air masks can keep the face and neck warm.
The extremities tend to become cold before the rest of the body becomes cold. Wearing thin, nylon socks, which are covered by thick fleece or wool socks, which are covered by slippers, would help to keep the feet warm, especially if the sleepers puts hot water bottles at their feet in their sleeping bags. A sleeper also could be in a sleeping bag that is rated for a cold temperature and is covered by wool or fleece blankets or quilts, or by a space blanket. Chemical hand warmers placed inside of gloves or mittens would help to keep hands warm.
If the temperature outside is not too cold, many of the above suggestions might not be necessary. What suggestions do you have about staying warm while sleeping? Please comment below.