Sleeping in warm temperatures isn’t something we’re accustomed to in Northern Ireland, but the recent hot weather has led to soaring evening temperatures, sometimes as high as almost 20°C after 9pm.
These warmer nights, although welcomed by many, can make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Thankfully, help is at hand from the experts at Harry Corry who have given us their top tips to keeping your cool when temperatures start to rise…
Tips from Mark Corry from Harry Corry
1. Take inspiration from the Med
While the soaring temperatures may be a big change for us, some of our European neighbours experience warmer climates on a more regular basis. We can take some inspiration from them when it comes to cooling down our homes.
A tip I’ve picked up during my travels round Europe’s hot spots is to close the curtains during the day to stop the sun coming in. As well as closing the curtains, I’d recommend keeping the windows on the shady side of your house open, while closing those on the sunny side – this practice is commonplace in warm countries, and it will help greatly reduce the heat in your home this summer.
If opening your windows during the day isn’t an option, then keep the windows and curtains closed and use a fan in the room to get the air circulating.
Fresh air, whether it’s through an open window or from a fan, will work in two ways to help you sleep. It’ll help circulate air to stop moisture building up and it’ll also cool your body when you get into bed.
Studies show that it’s much easier for people to sleep when their body temperature is cooler, so get those windows open or invest in a fan to help aid your sleep.
Once you’ve cooled the room, it’s time to look at your choice of bedding and how this can impact on your sleep.
2. Sort your sheets
Thin cotton sheets are the best choice for this time of year because they absorb sweat. By comparison, nylon bedding isn’t as good at absorbing moisture so it can leave the sheets covered in a light film, making them uncomfortable to lie on.
Don’t forget that your duvet also plays a key part in helping you have a good sleep. Summer duvets are a great solution as they have a lower tog, making them lighter and cooler. Have a lower tog, making them lighter and cooler.
3. Shine a light
At Harry Corry, we recently released the Good Sleep Guide, which was written by sleep professor Dr Chris Idzikowski. One of Dr Idzikowski’s top tips for getting a good night’s sleep is letting light flow into the bedroom during sleep.
This may surprise a few people, especially during the summer with longer hours of sunshine, but natural light works with the biological clock in our bodies to ease the brain into an awaked state in the morning.
Of course, if you’re really struggling to nod off when it’s so bright then you could experiment with some blackout blinds, but generally speaking, a set of curtains that lets elements of light (and air!) into the room will aid sleep in the hot July nights.