8 Bizarre Ways Our Ancestors Kept Their Beds Warm – So Say Goodbye To Cold Nights After SHTF!
Staying warm and cozy in bed in our current cosseted environment is really easy – we just flick the switch on our room heater, or the electric blanket and hey presto. we have instant warmth! Of course things weren’t always so simple and easy. Keeping warm at night for our ancestors was a lot harder.
And it will be a lot harder for all of us after a major SHTF scenario as well. Most likely there will be no grid power, so we either have to generate our own, or learn to live without it.
Our ancestors though didn’t like being cold at night any more than we do and they still managed to stay snug and warm. How did they do it? Here’s 8 ways from Off The Grid News…
1. The “grate.”
Homeowners would cut a hole between the first and second floor and insert a grate that would allow the hot air from below to rise into the second floor. It was far from forced-air heating, but it did offer some relief.
2. The hot-bed pan.
Another solution was to take hot coals from the fire and insert them into a covered pan on the end of a long wooden handle and rub it over a mattress before sleeping.
3. The “nightcap.”
If you’ve ever slept in a cold tent during winter, then you know the need for a “nightcap.” This was a head covering that could be a knitted cap or, in Arctic climates, a fur cap. When the weather outside is frightful, keeping your body warm is only half the battle. A stocking cap or “nightcap” made a big difference.
4. Layers on layers of insulation.
Layering is a common concept for anyone in winter, and layers of sheets, blankets and quilts made a sleeping arrangement warm and warmer. Goose down quilts were a luxury and often a necessity on bitterly cold nights.
5. Sleep with the dog.
The shared body heat from a pet can help keep a bed warm at night — and the dog appreciates it, too.
6. Night clothes beyond pajamas.
Most pajamas are made from a thin, lightweight material that serve more as a modest way to sleep. Our ancestors didn’t mess around. Their night clothes were often heavyweight combinations of wool and thick, cotton flannel.
Families often slept together in the same bed, especially on cold, winter nights. The human body radiates heat at an average of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and a combination of people in the same bed allowed the body heat to be shared.
8. Hot iron.
This is potentially dangerous, but hot pieces of iron were sometimes heated on the top of a wood-burning stove or in a fireplace and then placed into a metal bucket. The bucket was then brought to the bedroom and placed on the floor or even under the bed. The radiant heat from the hot iron lasted for hours and helped to bring some added heat to a cold bedroom.
Use these 8 ways of keeping warm at your own risk! For more survival tips and info, check out Off the Grid News.
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