GP from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, Dr Neel Patel, revealed the best temperature to have your home to keep you toasty and benefit your health.
A room too warm or too cold is bad, said Dr Patel, so it’s about finding a balance. He said: “18C is usually the temperature recommended by the NHS for bedrooms, while 21C is ideal for living rooms.”
The dry atmosphere can also lead to sinus infections as the air dries out the layer of mucus lining your nose, leading to blocked sinuses, said Dr Patel.
As radiators heat the air in a room, a process known as convection is produced. This causes dust to circulate around the room which can trigger allergies, advised Dr Patel.
Headaches and migraines
Although dehydration is something we usually associate with summer, it’s easy to become dehydrated when in a centrally heated environment all day, said Dr Patel.
He added: “This can lead to headaches and even migraines if you’re prone to them.”
The dry air can cause your tears to evaporate too quickly, making your eyes feel gritty, dry and itchy.
You may also find you get more nosebleeds in the winter months. Dr Patel said: “Again, this is due to the lack of moisture in the air which can result in dryness and scabs inside your nostrils.”
Tips to manage these conditions
Having your home the right temperature can help. Dr Patel also recommended the following:
- Being prepared with medication – if you know you suffer from any of these conditions in winter, ensure you have the medication required to alleviate your symptoms.
- Moisturise dry skin – can look after your skin in winter by moisturising regularly.
- Add humidity to your environment – try investing in a humidifier to regulate the amount of water vapour in the air.
- Drink lots of water – aim for six to eight glasses of non-alcoholic fluid each day if you want to avoid dehydration.