I am aware Summer seems a long way away… Especially when the weather hasn’t been particularly warm and sunny. But I know that when the clocks change and the temperature rises it can be a shock to our system. If you live in the UK you know what I mean. And that’s because we all crave the sun, the lighter mornings and later evenings. But then it comes along. Suddenly, we all go to Twitter and say, “What is this hell?”
IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE
Every year the weatherman tells us how it’s going to be the hottest summer on record. And if you’re like me and get irritated when it’s too hot, that can be a nightmare. Especially at night when sleep is my favourite part of the day. So, it’s time to get prepared, now!
TURN IT OFF
Before you go to bed, turn all electrical items off in your room and unplug them. The amount of heat generated by having your room connected to electricity will not help your sleep one bit!
SO TAKE OFF ALL YOUR CLOTHES
This may or may not be a preference but sleep naked. Or if that’s a little too much (or too little), opt for the lighter option of a loose t-shirt and underwear. Cotton pyjamas are also a good option, although sleeping naked is the cheapest option. Let’s just hope the doorbell doesn’t go in the middle of the night!
KEEP OUT THE LIGHT
If you’re not one for waking up at the same time as the birds, blocking out as much light as possible will benefit your sleeping pattern. Investing in some Venetian blinds will not only block out light but will help prevent heat from leaking into your room during the day. You can adjust the blinds to suit the amount of light you want in the room.
KEEP WATER NEARBY
A boring, “I know, I know” solution but having a bottle of cold water near your bedside will help keep you hydrated in the hotter months. There’s nothing worse than waking up at three a.m with a dry mouth and a headache when you haven’t been drinking.
Or at least sleep in Egyptian cotton bedsheets. Cotton is breathable and doesn’t trap heat as much. Apparently, the Egyptians also used to soak their bedsheets before sleep to keep them cool. Although you may wish to cover your mattress in plastic first and have a couple of dry towels to soak up any moisture!
HAVE A COOL AIRFLOW
Keeping the window open at night can feel a little dangerous. And not just because of people attempting to steal your cotton bedsheets. Nasty bugs can also creep in. Ew. So, to avoid having to have your window open all night, invest in a fan. Preferably one that isn’t overpriced or too noisy. This will help circulate the air in the room. If the windows are your only choice, invest in some window nets to stop any wasps flying in first thing in the morning!
The time to prepare for summer is now. Just like with any change of weather, everyone leaves it to the last minute. The price goes up and so does the demand!