There was a time in my life when weekends were about staying up late and sleeping in until midday… Then I became a mum! I’ve been so lucky with Baby as she sleeps brilliantly, but even so there are times when I struggle to scrape together 5 hours of broken sleep, and things only get worse when we have the sort of heat waves that have been coming and going over the past month.
Over the past couple of weeks I must have tried a hundred ways to get a good nights sleep despite the sweltering heat, some have worked while others have actually made things worse! But I now seem to have a winning recipe for keeping cool on hot nights, so of course I wanted to share. Here are my 5 top tips for sleeping better in the hot weather.
1. Get some good blackout curtains. If like me you have a south facing bedroom, blackout curtains are a must! Leaving the blackout curtains drawn during the day will keep the room from being heated by the sun and make a big difference to your room temperature. Blocking out the late evening sun will also create a much more peaceful atmosphere when you’re desperate to get 5 minutes sleep before your baby wakes up.
These blackout curtains from Yorkshire Linen are perfect for the job and very importantly they won’t break the bank. If however you have a pair of regular curtains that you love, don’t worry, Yorkshire linen also sell detachable blackout linings.
2. Use cotton bedding. Most of us used polyester bedding as it’s cheap and you can get it in so many colours and patters. Most of my own bedding is polyester, but I do keep one good set which is pure cotton, just for the hot weather. Cotton is far more breathable and absorbent than polyester so when you sweat, and lets face it we’ve all been doing a lot of that recently! Cotton will wick the sweat away from your body keeping you cooler in the process.
A set like this one from John Lewis may not look like much but it will keep you that little bit cooler!
3. Put your neglected hot water bottle to good use. I always manage to lose my hot water bottle over the summer, forcing me to buy a new one every autumn. Goodness knows where they go to but if you can dig one out, a hot water bottle is brilliant for cooling down your bed. Just fill it full of water and pop it in the freezer for a little while. You can then leave it in your bed to cool your sheets and mattress to a far more comfortable temperature.
4. Improvise air conditioning. As much as I might drool over air conditioning units I neither have the space or money to buy one, but you can improvise one surprisingly easily. All you need is a decent fan and a bottle or pan of ice. Sit the ice in front of the fan in the air being circulated will be cooled slightly as it goes past.
5. Cool yourself off. If you have a baby then the likelihood is that you will be up a couple of times in the night and while some of these tips will help you get to sleep when you first go to bed, ice melts and a hot humid night can’t be kept out by curtains no matter how good they are. For these occasions keep a flannel and a small dish of water next to your bed so that you can dampen your neck, face, arms, and legs. This will remove dried sweat and cool your skin allowing you to feel more comfortable for the five minutes it takes you to pass out from exhaustion.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay cooler next time the temperature shoots through the roof! But with more hot weather on the way I would love to hear how you stay cool.
*This post was written in collaboration with Yorkshire Linen all views and opinions are my own.