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Keeping Warm Without Turning Up the Thermostat

Sorry for the sparse commentary on this week’s economic developments, I seem to have caught the economy’s flu and am now alternating between periods of collapse/despair and hope/energy. That said, I’m going to share something I’ve found particularly important as the weather turns from hot to chilly.

Since the heat in our building isn’t yet on, the apartment has been pretty chilly. But I’ve discovered the secret to staying toasty…besides having a fever. It’s socks.

Dry socks.

Socks that have been worn in shoes need not apply, they always get very slightly damp and then do no good whatsoever. But a dry pair of socks is as good as an extra blanket, an extra sweater, and a space heater. It’s so chilly that I can’t sleep in my usual t-shirt and shorts. I don’t like to sleep in pajama pants because my legs overheat. So I pop on some socks and voila! I’m warm enough to sleep.

For extra points and warmth try a hat or at least a kerchief. You’d be surprised how much heat leaves through your head.

So next time you feel slightly chilly, try a pair of socks (or a fresh pair of socks) before you turn up the thermostat. Makes a world of difference.

I’m hoping that by Monday I’ll feel up to writing more about what’s going on in the world. In the meantime, have a good weekend.

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Dad September 27, 2008 at 10:50 pm

I too have found that the state of the feet are critical to being comfortable. Never needed to cover my head but I’ve heard of that many times.

Sorry about your flu. Take care of yourself!

Zhu September 28, 2008 at 12:39 am

Get well soon!

Socks make a lot of difference. I love my socks since I move to Canada… I’m ready to pay a good price for them!

Stephanie September 28, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Agreed, socks make all the difference! The best kind of socks when you’re feeling the chill? I say simple white cotton or those super fuzzy ones…especially if they just came out of the dryer!

Christine September 28, 2008 at 9:47 pm

We did a 1st aid clinic at a staff training thing I was at for camp this weekend (she exposited awkwardly) and socks were definitely brought up. The points were:

1) For hiking, camping, etc, WOOL socks are the best. Wool stays warm even when wet! Cotton, on the other hand, just gets horrible and clammy.

2) For temperature control (as when dealing with shock, heat stroke, etc) the joints of the body are the places where you’ll be able to make the quickest difference — arm pits, feet/ankles, wrists, groin, knee pits (knee pits?). Warming or cooling those areas will quickly warm or cool the rest of the body.

Now you know!

Becky@FamilyandFinances September 29, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I agree with the above commenter about the wool socks. Some friends introduced me to Smartwool socks and I *love* them! I use them for hiking and everyday use.

I, too, wear socks to bed in the winter. I don’t like wearing pants to bed b/c they always seem to twist around me or the pant legs ride up my leg. Socks are *definitely* the way to go 🙂

mapgirl October 2, 2008 at 10:08 am

Socks are great, but try a hat or a sweater too to keep your core temperature up.

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