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Too Hot To Sleep? - How To Stop Overheating
Summer is finally here, but if you find yourself struggling to beat the heat, you're not alone.
While the warmer weather is a welcome change to the usual dreary climate we usually have, there can be downsides. The hotter conditions can spell big problems for your sleep schedule. We may clutch our hot water bottles in the winter, but getting an uninterrupted night's sleep can be equally difficult during the warmer months.
Why is it that so many of us can't seem to get our eight hours when the weather gets warmer? Well, your body is naturally wired to fall asleep when it feels cooler.
Your sleep pattern, otherwise known as your circadian rhythm, actually causes your internal temperature to drop when it's close to bedtime. Although, this becomes much more difficult when your environment is too hot. So, if you've been wondering how to sleep in the summer, scroll on...
Keep The Sun At Bay
When you're out and about on a sunny day, protection from the sun is a must.
However, it's important to protect your sleep from the sun too! By blocking out light, blackout curtains and roller blinds help to prevent your sleep from being interrupted and allow you to get some rest no matter how bright the light is outside.
Sleeping in a dark room is vital to ensuring you get the most out of your sleep, as our bodies' exposure to light when we are resting suppresses the production of melatonin, which is the sleep-inducing hormone!
This isn't where the benefits of high-quality thick blinds stop, and they are a fantastic help in your temperature-regulating efforts.
During the day, keeping your blinds down and curtains drawn can help to cool down your bedroom and allow you to sleep at night without any muggy discomfort.
Here at Taylor's on the High Street, we offer a bespoke blind and curtain service at our Aberdeenshire furniture shop. With a comprehensive service that includes measuring and installation, you can be sure to find blackout blinds and curtains that complement your home.
We also provide ready-made options, so you can ensure your curtains are ready to go as soon as you need them. We love these Laura Ashley curtains, available in two subtle shades. These pencil pleat curtains are a fabulous addition to any room and are fantastic at blocking heat and light.
Invest In A Cooling Pillow
An often overlooked part of your bedding, your pillows can be a key player in drifting off.
While you might be comfortable with your regular options, changing out your pillow for a more seasonal option can make a significant difference. While switching your entire bedding set can be slightly costly, changing your pillows for a long-lasting cooling option can be much more affordable.
The Fine Bedding Company Breathe Pillow is a wonderfully breathable option, perfect for summertime. Filled with an exceptionally light fibre, this pillow gets rid of moisture to ensure a temperature-regulated sleep, so you won't have to worry about waking up stifling.
Another exceptional pillow to help keep cool is The Fine Bedding Company Smart Temperature Cooling Cotton Pillow. This pillow is the perfect sleep system for complete temperature management. With medium support and Activated Cooling® technology from Swiss innovators HeiQ®, you can enjoy instant and continuous cooling throughout the night.
The Fine Bedding Company Breathe Pillow is a wonderfully breathable option, perfect for summertime. Filled with an exceptionally light fibre, this pillow gets rid of moisture to ensure a temperature regulated sleep, so you won't have to worry about waking up stifling.
Switch Out Your Winter Bedding
When it comes to the winter months, we usually opt for cosier bedding.
Whether you prefer fluffy options or waffle bedspreads, sleeping through long cold nights is much easier when you're wrapped up warm. However, when the weather gets a little warmer, it's important to switch out your bedding for lighter alternatives!
The Fine Bedding Company Breathe Duvet is a great option for the summer months, with clever climate control technology that keeps you cooled down while you sleep. While choosing the right duvet makes a large difference, you can always opt for a good mattress protector. A copper sheet works fantastic by absorbing moisture and providing a cooler sleep surface.
No matter the mattress protector or duvet you go for, choosing cotton bedding is always a must. Soft cotton sheets like the Laura Ashley Seersucker Bed Set help to keep you cool while you sleep, and also stop you from overheating.
Manage Your Sleep With Seasonal Mattresses
Sleep is so important - and we want to supply you with the best products possible to ensure you have a restful night.
Picking the right mattress for you is a crucial decision, as you will have to consider your preferences (soft or firm), your physical health, mobility AND the climate.
Opting for a seasonal turn mattress is a fantastic idea if you live in a climate with hot summers and cold winters. Harrison Spinks has created an innovative seasonal turn mattress called the Burano 6000, which was designed with two sides you can flip between.
One side of the mattress was built with cooling cotton for hot summer nights, and the other with warm British wool and viscose to keep you cosy in the winter months.
Prioritising a cool sleep environment during summer is so important for many reasons. By opting for the right summer bedding choices, like breathable fabrics and advanced cooling technologies, you can create your own relaxing oasis. Quality sleep significantly affects overall well-being, so why not invest in staying cool for a restful and revitalising summer season?