How to stay warm while sleeping in the cold by Ryan Tattle — Posted on 29 Dec 20:44 , 0 comments

Would YOU sleep in an ice hotel in Lapland?

And if you said ‘yes’, are you…  

  • Crazy?
  • Romantic?
  • Adventurous?
  • Ticking off something from your bucket list?

Whatever… you can 100% guarantee it’s going to be very, very cold!

 Expect to (hopefully) sleep on an ice slab bed-frame. Snuggled into an arctic sleeping bag, inside an ice igloo where the temperature is between 0 and - 5ºC.

While outside it’s dropping to - 30ºC!


Surviving a night in an Igloo

Just how do you survive and stay warm?

Some advice you’re given for your stay includes:

  • Wear layers: a base layer of sports underwear made of synthetic materials. And a second fleece layer.
  • A high-quality Arctic sleeping bag is supplied––designed to keep you warm in temperatures as low as - 20ºC––together with a fleece lining bag
  • While sleeping, place your jacket between the mattress and sleeping bag, keeping it dry and toasty. And conveniently close-by, in case you’re unfortunate––and desperate––enough to need to walk outside, where it's around - 30ºC, to the toilets!

Let's look at how your body keeps as warm as possible while sleeping in the cold (igloo or not).


Sleeping in an igloo



Staying warm in the cold

See our previous posts in this series ‘How to stay warm…’. And in particular:

How to stay warm while working outdoors in the cold for a more in-depth look at what’s happening in your body in the cold, and how to optimize its potential.

Basically, your body needs to produce heat and hold onto it.

1        Producing heat

Activity and metabolism create internal heat. And so, when you’re moving around it’s easier to keep warm. When you’re sleeping this is more difficult.

During the day, eat and drink plenty of calories and hydrating fluids to support your body, metabolism, and circulation. Optimized circulation is particularly important for your extremities––fingers and toes––which are especially vulnerable to the cold.

2.        Conserving heat

While sleeping you need to max out on conserving heat. Wearing layers, the materials used for those layers, and shelter from the elements, all come into play here.

The igloo protects the sleeper from the wind, the weather, and holds in heat. Just as people camping out in the cold will seek shelter in woods as opposed to exposed ground, allowing them to draw protection from the weather conditions.

They will also often use firewood from the woods for campfires (where allowed) – providing them with:

  • warmth
  • hot food
  • hot drinks (hot chocolate provides extra calories)
  • all-important hot water for a hot water bottle

All before cozying down into sleeping bags, fully clothed and hatted, maintaining air-trapping layers.

Warming lotions can provide much appreciated additional warmth and comfort. See our previous article for all you need to know about them: Warming creams and lotions: A beginners guide


Coldscreen warming lotion

Coldscreen is a natural lotion that you can apply before going into any cold environment to help you stay warmer for up to 4 hours.

  • Vanilla ingredients gently warm your skin.
  • Vitamin B complex helps to improve blood flow bringing warmth to the applied area.
  • Barrier function––created by jojoba seeds, shea butter, and an Antarctic kelp extract––helps to retain the heat produced naturally by your body and the other ingredients.
  • Hydration – Organic aloe, Tasmanian fruit extract, and other essential oils keep skin moisturized to help combat the dry air that cold weather brings.


coldscreen cold weather protection



Living life without being so limited and restricted by the cold is one of our passions and our ultimate vision is to ‘Create a World where Temperature has No Limitations on the Human Experience’.

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Leave your comments below about your experiences of sleeping in the cold. And if you’ve stayed in an ice hotel we’d love to know more.