Todays’ guest post has some lovely ideas on how to get a good night’s sleep if the summer weather disturbs you. Enjoy!
Finding it tricky to get a good night’s sleep now the summer sun is doing its thing? You and a few million others, so rather than suffering in silence (or moaning like clockwork each morning), why not give the following ten tried and tested tips a try:
1 – Cool Things Down
They often say it’s a good idea to take a tip from bats and try keeping your bedroom a few degrees cooler than the rest of the house…sort of like a cave. Your body needs to cool a little for sleep to occur, so try giving it a helping hand.
2 – Ditch the Devices
Without getting bogged down in the science of it all, things like tablet PCs and smartphones emit a kind of light that wreaks havoc with the brain’s sleep centres. So if you want the best shot of falling asleep, ditch the devices an hour before bed.
3 – Go to Bed Earlier
An obvious point but an important one nonetheless, give yourself more time to fall asleep by going to bed earlier. This way, you’ve got a much bigger safety net to play with and less chance of waking up in a foul mood.
4 – Upgrade your Duvet
Duvet brands Otto Keller and Dickenbergh are amongst the coolest summer duvets you can buy and both are available from down duvet specialists downduvet.co.uk.
5 – Upgrade Your Pillows
On the subject of bedding, pillows are just as important as anything else and the wrong pillows will harm your sleep habits at any time of the year. But while you’re already struggling to nod off in the summer, you really should think about an upgrade.
6 – Blackout Blinds
If your bedroom is blindingly bright by 5:30am each day, this isn’t going to help you achieve long and comfortable sleeping patterns. So if necessary, invest in a cheap blackout blind for each window and shut the light out more effectively.
7 – Curb the Snacking
A small and healthy carb-based snack of around 200-calories has been found to be effective in assisting restful sleep if eaten just before bed. By contrast, things like chocolate, crisps, pizza and biscuits tend to have the exact opposite effect.
8 – Ease Off the Naps
Another good idea is to make sure that when the time comes to go to sleep, you’re well and truly ready for it. This can be done by cutting down on the number of naps you have during the day, if you’re prone to the odd snooze here and there.
9 – Clean Up
Nothing feels less satisfying than getting into bed when you’re already grubby and stinky. This counts double in the summer, so even if you plan on doing the same in the morning, have a good clean up and wash down before turning in.
10 – Strip Down
Last but not least, the health benefits of sleeping naked are well-documented and tend to come into their own in the summer months. After all – if you’re already too hot, why make things worse by wearing PJs?