Feeling ‘too hot’ in the UK is a bit of a novelty isn’t it? As soon as the sun peeps out behind dark clouds, the adoring public congregate around gardens, theme parks and pubs en-masse to celebrate the summer solstice.
This is all very wonderful, but there’s that small matter of what we do in-between the fun stuff: sleep and rest. And heat and sleep don’t always go well together.
Because, as a nation, we’re so unused to this unusual concept of ‘heat’ that it can be quite disruptive to our sleeping patterns: spending the night slowly baking under bedding as we anxiously watch the hours creep by.
Well, it’s time to bring the experts in. We’re here to help you beat the heat and enjoy a refreshing night’s sleep with a host of handy tips, whatever the weather.
Have we missed a trick? Let us know in the comment section below and tell us how you keep cool in the summer.
How to keep cool when sleeping this summer
Window of opportunity
Creating the perfect environment for sleep and rest starts before you hit the sheets. Make sure you keep windows and doors open throughout the day to allow the temperature to dip before bedtime.
Also, keep blinds and curtains shut throughout the day – this will prevent heat from entering your home and keep the temperature lower.
Water way to sleep
What do most people do on a hot day? That’s right, reach for a cool, refreshing drink.
Opt for a glass of water with ice before you hit the hay. Water hydrates and acts as an effective cooling agent to keep your internal temperature lower, which will help you combat the night-time heat.
Sleep like an Egyptian
This may seem like a bit of a drastic method. But according to popular legends, Egyptians would soak their blankets before going to bed in order to keep cool in the stifling Egyptian heat.
Obviously, we’re not in Egypt and unlikely to ever encounter such heat. And who really want a soaking-wet blanket on their bed all night?
We can learn from this method though. One technique is to soak a t-shirt and put it in on a spin-cycle in your washing machine. This will take out some of the heavy dampness while still keeping you cool.
Temperature regulating mattress
Wool is a comfort layer that naturally adapts to its environment, possessing insulating and breathable properties to keep you warm or cool depending on the season.
Our British Wool mattress – which has been independently accredited by the Good Housekeeping Institute – could help you beat the heat this summer. It’ll also keep you warm and snug come the cooler Winter months.
Heaters. Yes, heaters…
This may seem a bit like a paradox, but if you want to keep cool this summer it may be worth investing in a fan heater.
That is, a heater with a cool air setting – which most have. Plus, those with an adjustable temperature will allow you to tailor settings across all four seasons.
Like clothing, duvets are a seasonal thing, which is why they come with ‘tog’ ratings. In simple terms: the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet will keep you.
In the summer, it’s best to go for a duvet with a lower tog rating, meaning it’ll be lightweight. Look for a duvet with a tog rating up to 7 for the summer months.