2018 is set to be the best summer ever on record according to the Met Office. We are based in Bognor Regis and have more hours of sunshine than the rest of the UK (Yay!!). But with beautiful long summer days comes the restless sticky summer nights. Which is bad enough but being by the seaside means a 5am wake up call from loud and ugly sounding seagulls everyday. So here are some tips on getting yourself to sleep quickly and staying cool at night this summer.
1. Open Windows & Keep Curtains Drawn During The Day.
A bit of an obvious one, but if it’s safe to do at night-time open your windows and allow the cooler evening air to circulate around the house (remember some mosquito repellant). If your bedroom window has direct sunlight through it during the day keep the curtains closed this should also help keep the temperature down.
2. Check your duvet TOG.
Check your duvet label to see what TOG your duvet is. The higher the TOG the warmer the duvet. The scale ranges from 1 – 18 in the UK. It is not uncommon for people to have two different duvet a summer & winter one at different TOGs. We would suggest from own ranges the Fine Bedding Company 4.5 TOG Synthetic Spundown Duvet. Great for anybody with allergies as the filling is completely man-made but it is also very lightweight and machine washable.
3. Check Your Mattress
How old is your mattress? What is it made from? Some older memory foam mattresses are criticised for holding in the heat, nowadays the technology has improved that allows air to circulate more freely even on memory foam mattresses.
Mammoth Beds are made from Medical Grade Foam derived from their healthcare origins. Not only do they offer perfect spinal alignment but unlike memory foam, which requires body heat to soften, Medical Grade Foam is not temperature sensitive and provides a cool, dry and comfortable sleeping surface.
If you prefer a spring based mattress then why not try a Harrison which has specialised HD airflow springs which promote breathability along with the all the natural fillings such as wool, cotton and mohair.
4. Choose Cotton Sheets and Bedding
Satin, polyester or silk sheets aren’t very good for keeping you cool. You are better off opting for light coloured, 200-300 thread count 100% cotton sheets which will be lightweight and will promote ventilation and air flow throughout your bedroom. This also applies to Pyjamas – opt for cotton!
At Reynolds we have lots of ranges in the Spring/Summer collections perfect for keeping you as cool as possible while be stylish too – like the Joules Mono Blossom range pictured above.
5. Get a Dyson Cool Fan.
I’ve always been sceptical of fans during hot weather as they just blow hot air around rather than cool it down. When I told my sister I was writing this blog the first thing she shouted at me was “GET A DYSON FAN” – she does live in a flat in London, so I will take her word for it that its helps her sleep at night! They are more expensive than original propeller fans but more energy-efficient, quieter and safer, learn more on their website here.
6. Get the New SNOW Mattress Protector
I thought I would save this one for last, if some of the other seem like to much a big investment or commitment for a summer that might not last much longer (don’t forget hormonal changes or even side effects of medication can cause overheating at night-time during the winter too) then I urge you to get the new SNOW mattress protector.
The SNOW from Protect-A-Bed features Nordic Chill Fibre which instantaneously reduces your surface temperature allowing you to sleep cooler and more comfortably. The SNOW is waterproof and comes with a 15 year guarantee, dust mite barrier, allergen barrier and added comfort layer. It really is cold to the touch – if you don’t believe me we have samples in store for you to try. Currently in our Summer Sale as well check it out on our website here.