With the UK enjoying some of its first glimpses of real sunshine so far in 2016, here are 5 top tips for getting a great night’s sleep ahead of the summer months.
Plump for Seasonal Bedding
Whilst people are perfectly able to shop for a winter duvet in high summer, even simply suggesting this instantly exposes how ludicrous doing so is. After all, you wouldn’t wear a fur coat in August, so why sleep beneath a winter duvet in summer? Instead, make summer bedtimes a far less stuffy affair by investing in seasonal bedding to instantly alleviate many of the problems you stand to otherwise face when hitting the hay in the summer months.
When to Open and Close Windows, Blinds and Curtains
In summer many people crack open the windows and leave the door ajar, whatever the temperature, inside and out. To make better use of your windows and doors, take note of what the temperature is, both inside out.
When it is warmer outside than in, keep the windows and doors closed. Meanwhile, when the reverse is true, open your windows and let the cooler air in. And, whether the windows are open or not, to avoid creating a stuffy, hot atmosphere indoors and in your bedroom when the sun is at its highest and so the day at its hottest (between noon and 3pm) keep the blinds closed to keep your rooms inside from overheating.
Keep Well Hydrated
Keeping well hydrated during the summer months is important for everyone. Without sufficient hydration no human body can properly function or maintain its optimum internal temperature. Hence, going to bed dehydrated is likely to result in feeling far hotter, less comfortable and even with a headache or worse.
For that reason, it is important to recognise and act upon the symptoms of dehydration as early as possible. To make that possible, here are the major symptoms a dehydrated person is likely to experience:
- Dry mouth
- Infrequent or decreased urination and dark urine
- Fever and sensitivity to heat
- Irritability and / or ‘foggy’ thinking
To avoid experiencing these symptoms and instead enjoy both the warm weather and too getting a good night’s sleep, It is recommended to drink 3 litres of water if you are male and 2 litres of water if you are female every day.
Invest in Cotton Pyjamas
Many people during hot summers get quickly frustrated by and so completely do away with wearing pyjamas whilst in bed. That said, it is in fact a better idea to simply invest in some pure cotton pyjamas in which to hit the proverbial hay.
Pure cotton is an extremely and naturally ‘breathable’ material and so an ideal material to wear during the hotter months of the year, it will also absorb any moisture the body produces by way of sweating whilst you sleep. Hence, to keep your bedding fresher for longer and so get the best night’s sleep, pure cotton PJs are the way to go.
Purchase an Electric Fan
Electric fans are loved by some and loathed by others. Equally, electric fans themselves can prove either an inexpensive and pretty costly purchase with often the price rising not in relation to how effective a fan is, but how quietly it operates when switched on.
Therefore, when thinking of investing in an electric fan, it is well worth taking a look at the options out there. Fortunately, the writers at the Independent Newspaper beat us to it and have already compiled their top picks of ‘The 10 Best Electric Fans’, providing options to suit everybody, whatever your budget or noise tolerance level.