As everyone knows, us Brits love to talk weather, from siblings to strangers – it’s the topic on everyone’s lips ESPECIALLY when the mercury rises! So far, summer has been pretty reasonable with a smattering of mini heatwaves gracing our presence. But as a nation, we are totally inexperienced at coping in high temperatures. As the sun sets each evening, we’re often left sweating and uncomfortable – 8 hours sleep seeming virtually impossible! So with further heatwaves on the cards, we thought we’d compile a list of tips to help everyone get a good night’s sleep. Read on for the low down…
1. Black out blinds
Avoid returning home to an absolute furnace each evening by investing in some black out blinds. Shrouding your home in darkness during the hours you’re at work will result in a much cooler overall temperature as sunlight won’t be able to pass through the blinds. If you’ve got pets – don’t shut all the light out, afterall cats in particular love to bask! Just ensure there’s no direct sunlight that’s likely to overheat the room.
2. Eye mask
If you can’t keep your windows on the latch throughout the day, as soon as you get home, open them all up to encourage a ‘through-draught’. If it’s SO warm there’s no breeze whatsoever, it’s probably best to keep them closed to avoid letting warm air in. At night, use a fan to circulate air around the bedroom (we recommend this Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower) and if the whirring of fans tends to keep you awake, have some ear plugs at the ready!
If sleeping on top of the covers leaves you feeling somewhat exposed during the night, why not consider investing in 100% cotton bed linen? Not only is it breathable but it will help promote ventilation and airflow in your bedroom. Even if you don’t switchover to cotton, swapping from coloured to white linen will instantly make the room feel cooler. Have a read of our latest post ‘White bedding – three of the best‘ to find your perfect match.
Despite the assumption that sleeping sans-pyjamas is the coolest option, it is in fact better to opt for a cotton pair! A lightweight cotton is actually better than wearing nothing at all as natural fabric helps to absorb any perspiration.
6. Cooling spray
7. Chill your pyjamas
This miiiight seem a bit crazy, but for those who are really serious about keeping cool during a heatwave – you might want to consider putting your pyjamas in the fridge. If you have an ice bar (you know the ones for keeping your picnic bag cool?), use one to wrap your PJ’s around so they’re ice cold as you step into them. Equally, avoid having a hot shower before bed – go for tepid or cold water if you can bear it!
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