Summer is here, the Pimms are flowing, the picnics are being prepared and you’re getting no sleep because it’s too hot. We feel your pain! Worry not though because we’ve got a survival guide prepared to keep your head down and your body cool this season.
Step 1 – Open Your Windows and Doors
This sounds simple but it’s amazing how much difference this can actually make. By opening your windows and your door, your room will receive a full circulation of air. This will keep the area well ventilated and avoid that sticky and stuffy feeling of being in an enclosed place.
Step 2 – Invest in a Fan
We aren’t talking about a cheap hand held piece from the closest bargain shop which will break after five minutes or keep you awake with its loud hum. With fans, you get what you pay for and we seriously recommend investing in a product of high quality that will keep you cool this summer. The Dyson AM06 desk fan is both striking in appearance and effective in design. With no blades and being up to 75% quieter than conventional fans, this is an ideal addition to the bedroom.
Step 3 – Wear Cotton
What you wear to bed has a huge effect on how well you sleep. Loose fitting, well ventilated cotton pyjamas are the best option. Avoid synthetic materials that will cling to you at night. Cotton has moisture absorbing properties that will help keep the sweat from your body and ultimately allow for an improved level of comfort.
Step 4 – Ice Packs at the Ready
For those sizzling summer nights when sleep looks like a long lost friend, have ice packs at the ready to help cool your body temperature in an instant. When we find ourselves awake sweating in the middle of the night, tossing and turning to get comfortable, we can often make ourselves hotter as we stress about not getting any sleep. This is the time to turn to your ice packs. Place them on your wrists or forehead for a few minutes and relax as your body temperature quickly begins to drop.
Step 5 – Make Your Own Air Con
Here’s a great tip to help that high quality fan cool you a little more. Put some ice in a shallow baking tray, pan or bowl and place that in front of your fan. As the ice begins to melt, the breeze will pick up the moisture and disperse a cooling mist across the room. This makes a huge difference on those stuffy nights.
Step 6 – Flip Your Pillow
Everyone loves that feeling of flipping your pillow over to the cool side. When the heat is unbearable and you’re getting a little clammy, don’t forget to flip over and enjoy that momentary respite from the heat.