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Top Tips For a Good Night's Sleep During Summer

The full glare of the summer sun is upon us, and even when it goes down at night the temperature often remains uncomfortably high.

Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can prepare for a more comfortable night's sleep.

Ice & a Slice

Ice &
a Slice

Lots of people have fans in their bedroom to stay cool and move the air around. However, if the air is hot to begin with your situation won't improve much. Instead, put a tray in front of the fan and in that place some plastic bottles of frozen water, or a bag of ice. Use the fan on a low, quiet, setting overnight and the cooling air as the water melts will help lower the temperature, making the room more comfortable. Refreeze the bottles during the day and this provides a cheap air conditioning solution for any hot spell.

Keep Your Room Cool 

While it might be tempting to throw open the windows and draw back the curtains in the morning, you can keep your bedroom cooler by leaving the curtains closed any time that the sun faces those windows. That means the flooring, furniture and bed won't absorb any heat coming in.If the room doubles as an activity centre during the day, try to keep activity in here to a minimum. You should also turn off lights and power chargers to help keep the temperature down.

Keep Your Room Cool
Change the Sheets

Change the Sheets

People usually sleep better in fresh bedding. So, change the sheets frequently during a hot spell to help everyone feel more comfortable and enjoy the fresh fragrance of your fabric conditioner rather than sweaty people. Cotton sheets are best as they breathe and can absorb the sweat from your body more readily. Some people also like to put their pillow cases in the fridge (sealed in a bag zip-lock bag to keep them free from food smells) to provide a cool place to put their heads at night.

Change Your Sleeping Hours

With the summer holidays approaching, the family evenings can be disrupted by the heat. To make things more sociable and bearable, you might want to minimise any moaning about the heat by letting people stay up later. Let them sit out in the garden and have later baths to keep cool.

Change Your Sleeping Hours
Cool Down With a Cold Shower

Cool Down With a Cold Shower

If you dare to brave it, another pre-bed ritual that some people recommend is having a cold shower an hour before bedtime. The energy consumed by shivering from enduring a colder shower can make you feel more tired and likely to sleep, while the cold from the water also tricks your body into thinking it is cooling down, and therefore that it's time for bed.

Finally, if you sleep with a partner or pets, you will need to kick them to the other side of the bed to help stay cool. If you're looking for new bedding, a new bed or new mattress to help you get a better night's sleep.

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