Hibernating, or cocooning as we used to call it, may seem to be self-indulgent and luxurious, but there are sound reasons to listen to our bodies and give in to it. Winter is an intrinsic part of nature’s cycle, designed to restore us and prepare us for the renewal of spring. Rather than fighting the urge to be lazy, it’s healthier to go with the flow. We’re much better off viewing winter as a gift — a chance to lounge around in an inside environment that feels safe, comfortable, and nurturing.
How do we make our home interiors winter-ready? A cushion-y sofa and, soft and cozy chairs that invite us to sink in and never leave are a good start. Complete your lair with plush pillows, throw blankets, warm and muted colors, lamps and candles (flameless for safety) that create soft lighting for the extra hours of darkness this season brings.
For more ideas, check out this article on hibernating from House and Home.
If you’re investing in new upholstered furniture, remember that indoor air quality matters – and never more so than in the winter, when our homes are sealed tight against the cold. Be sure that any new sofa or chair cushion contains flexible polyurethane foam that is CertiPUR-US® certified which meets strict standards for content, emissions, and durability. It’s good to know you can combine both comfort and safety in the same product. Find companies using certified foam in their furniture here.
Hibernation sounds beary-good — but if you’re wondering about the science behind why some animals and insects hibernate and others don’t, there’s a fascinating article about it on the BBC Earth website.