When the temperature drops and the wind howls, turn your bedroom into a haven of warmth and comfort without sacrificing style.

Snuggle into a cozy bed with a comfortable mattress, soft thistledown blankets and a comforter with a pretty duvet. Consider a heated mattress pad, or wrap yourself in an electric blanket.

Lowering the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours overnight can reduce energy bills 5 percent to 15 percent. Many people also find it more appealing to sleep in a cooler room.

“I guess a lot of people do turn down the heat even if they could run it much higher,” said AnnMarie Mikosz, district trainer for Bed Bath & Beyond stores in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.

With one-third of your life asleep, a proper mattress is the key to a good rest, said Andy Pearlman, president of Lemoyne Sleeper Co. Inc.

“The most important thing is comfort. The whole idea of the mattress and box spring is to get a good night’s sleep,” Pearlman said. “Everything beyond that is aesthetic.

Think softness when dressing the bed for winter.

Feather and down bedding are hypoallergenic.

Flannel sheets and pillowcases are another option for staying warm.


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