No More Cold Feet in Bed – My Favorite Winter Foot Warmers

No More Cold Feet in Bed - 6 Ways to Keep Your Feet Warm in Winter

When the thermometer drops into the single digits and we keep the house temps on the chilly side to help save energy, I’m sometimes stuck with cold feet in bed. I don’t know about you, but if my feet are cold, I have an awfully hard time falling asleep.  If my husband comes to bed after I do, I can’t always cheat and warm my feet up on him.  :-)  Since I figured others might be in the same boat, I made up this list of winter foot warming ideas to help you keep your feet toasty, too.

No More Cold Feet in Bed Option # 1 – Warm socks

Yes, I have been known to go to bed with socks on.  Recently, I’ve been wearing socks in conjunction with using Herbalix detox deodorant on my feet, so I’ve been sticking to cotton, but wool and other natural fibers like alpaca or even silk are great for keeping in the heat.  Make sure your socks are loose enough to be comfortable – decreased circulation is going to cool you down.  Before bedtime, I sometimes layer socks and slippers, to make sure my toes are toasty *before* I jump into bed.  it’s so much easier to keep your feet warm than to try and warm up feet that are already cold.  Cost – $14.99 for Heat Holders women’s socks, $12.99 for a two pack of wool socks, electrically heated booties – $30.

No More Cold Feet in Bed Option #2 – Hot Packs

My first microwavable hot pack was given to me by a friend of mine who works for Core Products of northwest Wisconsin.  The first winter I tried it I fell in love – and ordered more.  The packs are filled with a non-toxic, biodegradable gel, and are heated briefly in the microwave.  They have a soft cover to make them comfy against your skin.  Once heated, they stay warm all night.  I warm mine up, stick it in bed while I go brush my teeth and get my jammies on, and slip under the covers to a toasty foot reception.  Aaaaaah! (Use the code “FreeShip” for Free Shipping on purchases of $20 or more at Core Products.)  All items from Core Products are made in the USA.  Cost:  The 10×13 inch CorPak Soft Comfort Hot & Cold pad is $13.72.  If you purchase through my site I receive a small affiliate payment.  Thank you!

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No More Cold Feet in Bed Option #3 – Heated Mattress Pads and Blankets

My sis has a heated mattress pad that swears by when winter hits.  Before bedtime, she preheats the bed, then shuts it off and climbs into a warm and cozy nest.  This minimizes her electricity costs and her exposure to EMFs.  My husband’s grandmother was a huge fan of electric blankets.  She had more than enough for every bed in the house.  Either option concentrates the heat where you need it – on you.  Team them up with a programmable thermostat, and you can drop the temp 5 or more degrees at night and still wake up to a warm enough house to shower in the morning.  It takes a lot less energy to heat one or more beds than to heat an entire house.  Cost:   Full sized heated mattress pads start at around $45, plushy king sized pads can be around $150.

No More Cold Feet in Bed Option #4 – Hot Water Bottles and Heated Bricks

Oldie but a goodies, these heat providers can be prepped in microwave free and off grid households.  New hot water bottles are less likely to leak than older models, and many come with easy to use covers (although you could use a pillowcase in a pinch, or sew your own).  Fill your bottle with very warm – not boiling – water, and use in a manner similar to the hot packs.  These will not retain heat quite a long but are likely to be more than enough to help you fall comfortably asleep.  Cost – $11.95 for a water bottle with two funky slipcovers, $6.64 for a basic rubber bottle with no slip cover.

Clean bricks can be heated near a woodstove and covered with a soft cover such as an old, thick sock.  Don’t overheat – you should be able to handle it barehanded.  You don’t want to burn your feet, just warm them up.  Cost – probably free, if you can find a spare brick somewhere.  :-)

No More Cold Feet in Bed Option #5 – Hot Foot Soak

Give those tootsies a warm bath in a basin or tub before you head to bed to bump up their temp.  Make sure they’re well dried.  For an extra treat, follow with socks fresh out of the dryer.  (Not the wool socks.  Don’t put those in the dryer.  :-) )

No More Cold Feet in Bed Option #6 – Spicy Foot Massage

Everyone knows massages help to increase circulation, but if you pair up your message with a bit of spice, the effect is longer lasting.  Sprinkle a bit of ginger or cayenne into your favorite oil (such as coconut or olive oil) and mix well.  Rub this mixture into your feet before bedtime.  A little goes a long way, so don’t overdo it.  Allow oils to soak in, and cover with cotton socks to absorb any excess oil.  If you’re not sure about rubbing spices on your feet, you can go for a whole body warm up by sipping some ginger tea.  Cost:  varies, depending on your herbs and oils.

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If you have persistently cold feet (not just when it’s cold), you may have metabolism issues such as hypothyroidism, so talk to your health care professional.  Earth Clinic also has a brief discussion of cold hands and feet.  If you’ve got cooperative pet, they can make pretty good foot warmers, too.  :-)

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  1. Debbie says

    You can also fill fabric rectangles up with rice or flax seed, sew it shut, and when you want it hot, microwave it for one and a half to two minutes for one that’s 6 inches wide, and a foot long. They make great heating bags for your back or shoulder, but one kept in the freezer will give a nice cold compress that doesn’t ‘sweat’. We keep one in the freezer and one in the closet. You can make them smaller for foreheads too.

  2. says

    I have always had trouble with cold feet! Before I got married to my wonderful husband who also lets me warm up my feet against him, (what a blessing he is!) I have been known to try at least 3 or 4 of the methods you mentioned here :) Thanks for sharing – hopefully it can help more chronic cold feet-ers!

  3. Kathryn says

    I love heavy weight flannel sheets; although, even the lighter weight flannel, to me, is better than cold cotton sheets in the winter. The bed is never chilly.

    This next suggestion is probably going to sound very strange…lay an emergency blanket (reflective side up, of course) underneath a mattress pad—it keeps the crinkle sound to a minimum—and then top with a fitted sheet.

  4. Greg says

    I love the Internet! At the moment of writing this, I am “hidden” under my thick woolen covers with cold feet and typing this comment with my smartphone…on a cold and stormy December night. Because I couldn’t sleep because of the combination of having cold feet (despite wearing socks) and the rattling noises the stormy winds are making with the things in my neighbour’s garden, I decided o google for “no more cold feet on old winter nights” and chose to click here. Your page seems to be dedicated for women, but I don’t mind. Your tips are VERY welcome! Greetings from The Netherherlands! :-)

    • says

      I write what I know, so it’s a woman’s point of view, for sure, but gentleman are always welcome. With three older brothers, I have always been a bit of a tomboy, and with 5 1/2 years in college in male dominated fields (math/physics BS and mechanical engineering MS), I spent a lot of time hanging out with the boys. Now I’ve got two boys of my own, and of course my husband, so I am once again surrounded by testosterone. :-)

      Stay warm, and welcome!

  5. Barbara Dougherty says

    Ok, i know you are not going to feel sorry for me at all, but i too have cold feet….all the time….in Florida. :( lolol. Well not all the time, but a lot. I just ordered some of those core products, thanks.

    • says

      It happens. I finally got the bed all warm last night, and then my hubby showed up and this time he had the icy feet. I graciously shared the hotpack along with a snuggle, and before long we were both warm. Not looking forward to winter, but glad he’ll be home every night.

  6. Kristi says

    Great ideas Laurie! I use flannel sheets, slipper socks and a couple of thick quilts and we also turn our thermostat down at night to save energy just like our grandparents.

  7. says

    I LOVE all of these tips! Thank you so much for sharing! I read your emails all the time and never make a comment, so I thought today I would tell you how many changes I have made in my life from your articles! Thank you and keep them coming!
    High fives,
    Dawn Winkelmann

    • says

      Thanks, Dawn. It’s so nice to hear from people who are happy instead of the grumpy people.

      I’m floundering for inspiration this week in the cold and dark. So hard to take good photos without light! I just need to tackle something and call it, “Good enough!”

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