On a cold winter’s night, there are few things as comforting as a hot water bottle warming up your bed and helping to keep you toasty. That’s not all they’re good for, either. Lots of people find that hot water bottles can help relieve cramps and aches; they can even relieve discomfort during pregnancy.
Now, hot water bottles have been given an upgrade: you can buy long hot water bottles that help to spread the warmth across your whole body.
What is a long hot water bottle?
These are exactly what they sound like: elongated hot water bottles that are longer and thinner than the traditional kind. This means that they can be wrapped right around your body, allowing you to distribute the heat to the parts of your body that need it most.
What are they used for?
Like a conventional hot water bottle, these can be used in a variety of different ways to help keep you comfortable. The extra length means that its easier to warm up your sheets, so if you’re using your water bottle to keep the chill off then you’ll probably be impressed by how much of the bed it covers. You can also wrap It around your body, reaching the cold extremities for a better night’s sleep.
Really, though, long hot water bottles have been designed to help with pain relief. Whether you need help managing chronic pain or you want something to minimise the impact of monthly menstrual cramps, the extra length makes it easier to cover the affected areas. These bottles are also more flexible, which means that they can get into harder to reach places for whole body relief.
How should I use a long hot water bottle?
Although the process of filling up the bottle is pretty simple, there are a couple of safety precautions to be aware of. Firstly the water that you pour in shouldn’t be boiling. Consider boiling water in a kettle and then leaving it to cool for a few minutes before using it. You should also avoid over-filling it: two thirds full is about right.
In terms of what you do with it once it’s full, it’s really up to you. Aside from taking long hot water bottles to bed, you can wrap them around your body throughout the day for warmth or pain relief. We’ve even heard of people taking them into the office to improve their comfort while at work.
Are they safe to sleep with?
Long hot water bottles can help you get comfortable in bed, which is a great help if you’re having trouble getting to sleep. However, it’s important that you don’t lie on them, and recommended that you remove them from the bed before falling fully asleep. If you’re using it to heat the bed, then you may wish to place it under the covers a short while before you head to bed, so that it’s already warm when you get in.
Where can I buy one?
We have a great range of long hot water bottles, all offering a soft faux fur cover which is perfect for snuggling up with when you need that extra warmth and comfort.