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It’s always been easy for me to overheat. Even before menopause. It’s worse now. People literally put their hands an inch or so above my arms to warm up their hands. I’m not even kidding.

I also like to save money. Well, use money relatively wisely.

So I thought the Nest thermostat chatting with the electric company to fiddle with temperatures during peak usage times sounded perfect. Especially because just being in this program means a discounted rate all the time, and perks such as gift cards & free smart devices.

But then last night I woke up because my body said it’s cold in here. Well, more like 4:30am.

See, the pups oftentimes sleep with me, and they’re pretty toasty. The chilipads are usually set to Lo, which is max chilling instead of trying to hold a specific temperature. In other words, it’s not unusual for the bed temperature to dip under 50º.

And being overly toasty to start with means the household thermostat is normally set to 62º at night. Did I mention that the thermostat is in the warmest part of the house?

But things felt chilly in the wee hours of the morning. So much so that it woke me up. Even with 140# or so of toasty puppers totally velcroed to me.

Why? Because the electric company told the thermostat that it’s peak time, which turned the temperature down a few degrees.

As in, a few degrees down from 62º. As measured in the warmest part of the house. And in the winter, my bedroom is usually four or more degrees cooler than at the thermostat’s location.

Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue. Except.

Yesterday I’d removed the comforter because sleep was elusive the prior night due to being too dang toasty. Without the pups. It’s simple math, really: Wanting snuggles = No comforter.

Meaning? I was in bed with two chilipads on ultra-freeze in a room without a heat register in a house that was heated to under 60º as measured in the warmest room in the house, with only with two sheets and summer-weight fuzzy blanket.

Wait. Did I mention that one of the sheets is actually an amazing cooling blanket? (non-affiliate link)

Imagine that, even I felt chilled!

I know what some of you may be thinkin’. Science has shown that it’s healthier to sleep in a colder bedroom. But for reals, I don’t think this is what they had in mind, ya know?