Keep cool this summer

Keep cool this summer

 Hot! Hot! Hot!

There are a few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye in a room which feels like it’s a borderline sauna. The Great British heatwave is becoming somewhat of a norm during the summer months, with many homeowners feeling powerless to the tossing and turning cycle that occurs in what seems like super glue sheets. So we thought we'd share some DIY strategies and some icy investments to keep you cool this summer.

 Window

It all starts at sunrise

When you know a hot day is on the cards it’s important to take action as early as possible; if you have curtains, blinds or shutters make sure to close them. This can dramatically reduce the temperature of your room and is something our European friends have been doing for centuries. With summer months the sun creeps through our windows earlier in the morning and departs later in the evening, which can result in a restless sleeping pattern. Sunlight can deceive our body into thinking we should be awake earlier/later than normal. One solution is to purchase blackout blinds, the opaque material blocks out nearly all-natural light, and can increase your chances of a good night’s sleep.

 Cotton sheets

Cool as a cucumber

There are nights where it’s out with the duvet and in with the sheet. Sleeping under a sheet allows your bed to stay at its regulated body temperature, it’s thought that during the REM (rapid eye movement) part of the sleep cycle your body’s ability to regulate body temperature is lost, therefor having a sheet over you keeps the body at a more consistent temperature. We suggest investing in quality cotton or linen bedding for summer months. The investment will not only bring an opportunity to purchase some summer coloured vibe bedding, but also the material is woven from natural fibres which in turn means that they can breathe remarkably well, which is key for keeping a cool environment for you to sleep in.

 Wind power

An obvious investment to staying cool might be to purchase an air conditioning unit to create the optimum room temperature of about 18 degrees Celsius, however, even the smallest of units can not only cost you a couple of hundred pounds but also rack up your energy bill. A more cost-effective alternative is to position a window fan and placing a bowl, pan or anything that can contain icy cold water in front of the fan. The breeze will pass over the water creating a refreshing cooler air. If you want to go one step further, position a second fan across the room from the other fan, this will create a cooling-cross breeze and generate a generous airflow.

21st August 2019

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