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UK weather: Had a bad night’s sleep?

UK weather: Had a bad night’s sleep?

Drink plenty of water

It may seem like an obvious one, but drinking plenty of water is often overlooked. Cool down from the inside out by staying hydrated with plenty of liquids. It is recommended to drink between 1.5 and 2 litres per day.

Avoid Alcohol

Bad news for some, but forecasters advise against drinking alcohol in the intense heat, as well as teas and coffees, which act as diuretics and can cause dehydration.

Switch the fan on

Fans can help your body regulate its internal temperature – and sticking a pan of ice cubes in front of it can make the circulating air even cooler. If you haven’t got one handy, fill a hot water bottle with cold water instead.

Sleep on a lower floor

If your home has several floors, it might be worth sleeping downstairs.

Freeze a flannel

Sticking a washcloth in the freezer can be especially refreshing to place on your forehead as you lie in bed.

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How to sleep in hot weather

How to sleep in hot weather

Getting a good night’s sleep can feel particularly difficult during the summer with long, light evenings coupled with allergies to deal with on top of the hot weather.

 How to sleep in hot weather

‘Our temperature is incredibly important to good quality sleep as a drop in heart rate and drop in core temperature are part of the process the body goes through when readying for sleep,’ an article from Metro explains.

Allow the air to flow

While keeping the windows in your bedroom open might be fairly obvious if the room is warm, we advise that keeping your room door open and windows in other rooms of your home will allow more air to flow around the space – and keep everything as cool as possible: Ensure there is a good airflow through the house so open windows on both side to allow the air to pass through.

Have a cool bath or shower before bed

Having a cool (or if you can stand it, cold) bath or shower before going to bed will encourage your core temperature to drop, meaning that you won’t be as hot before getting in to bed and will hopefully find it easier to drift off to sleep, even if it’s a warm evening.

Keep the heat out

Close blinds and curtains in rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight. The shade will help the room stay cooler. It’s important to do this early on in the day, so that when the sun is at its highest and hottest in the middle of the day, the rooms in your home stay as cool as possible.

 

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How to sleep better when you’re going through the menopause

How to sleep better when you’re going through the menopause

Hot flushes, sweating, and insomnia are just some of the uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause that can disrupt sleep.

Sleepless or disrupted nights can have a negative effect on your health and wellbeing, so it’s important to do everything you can to create a comfortable sleep environment during the menopause.

Here are just a few ways to keep cool and ward off discomfort from hot flushes during the night.

Wear light and airy clothing to bed–Whilst it may be tempting to sleep naked to keep cool, wearing the right clothing can actually keep you feeling more comfortable when a hot flush strikes. This is because if you sweat when you’re naked, the sweat will remain on your body and bed sheets, and when it cools you will be left feeling damp and clammy. If you wear loose fitting clothing made from natural or specialist materials, the clothing can wick the sweat away from your body to keep you feeling dry and comfortable all night.

Choose bedding in natural materials– Avoid bedding made from cheap, synthetic materials. Instead, invest in bedding made from 100% cotton or silk, these materials are softer, cooler and more breathable. Allowing air to circulate and keeping your body cooler during the night.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed– Both alcohol and drinks containing caffeine can disrupt sleep, so it’s best to avoid drinking them as much as possible, particularly in the evening. Alcohol can actually cause night sweats, so drinking it before bed could also trigger a hot flush.

Keep your bedroom cool–Keep your bedroom at a cool and comfortable temperature by ensuring the heating goes off well before you head to bed. During the hotter months, keep your curtains or blinds drawn in the day to prevent the sun heating up the bedroom and open your window in the evening before bed to get some cool air circulating.

Invest in a high quality, temperature-regulating mattress – As well as your pyjamas and bed sheets, your mattress also plays a big part in how hot you feel in bed. Investing in a good quality mattress can help to regulate your temperature and keep you feeling cool during the night. Reflex foam mattresses and mattresses with a natural filling like cotton, silk, mohair or horsehair can be particularly effective at helping you to regulate your body temperature.

For further help choosing a mattress and bedding that will keep you cool and comfortable at night. Give our team of experts here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379.

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How to get a good night’s sleep in hot weather

How to get a good night’s sleep in hot weather

With glorious days of sunshine comes sticky, uncomfortable, and restless nights. Here’s how to get a good night’s sleep during a heatwave.

During this July’s record-breaking hot temperatures, some parts of the country soared to a roasting 38.5 degrees Celsius.

As we’re more accustomed to milder summer weather here in the UK, many of us were feeling sweaty, uncomfortable and tired after hot, restless nights tossing and turning in bed.

Very hot temperatures put us at risk of dehydration, overheating, heatstroke, and exhaustion, so it’s important to take precautions to keep cool.

Use the tips in this blog to create a comfortable sleep environment and keep cool at night to help you stay rested and refreshed during the hot weather.

  • Keep the curtains or blinds in your bedroom drawn throughout the day to keep the room cooler.
  • Drink plenty of water during the day and keep a glass of water by your bedside.
  • Avoid exercising within 3 hours of going to bed.
  • Have a cool shower or bath just before bed to lower your body temperature.
  • Turn off electrical devices in your bedroom.
  • Open your bedroom window when you go to bed, but not before, to keep out hot air.
  • Keep a spray bottle by your bedside to spritz your face with cold water if you wake up hot and sweaty.
  • Wear cotton night clothes.
  • Sleep with a thin sheet over you.
  • Turn on a fan.
  • If you have a fan, put a pan of ice in front of it to cool the air it’s circulating.
  • Sleep with a hot water bottle filled with ice and water.
  • Invest in a mattress with a natural filling.

High quality mattresses with natural fillings can keep you cool during the night and help your body to regulate its temperature. Cotton, silk, mohair, and horsehair fillings are particularly effective at keeping you cool whilst you sleep.

Give our team here at M6 Beds a call on 01270 879 379 to find out more about any of our mattresses.

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Is The Bedroom A Place For Plants?

Is The Bedroom A Place For Plants?

Opinion is often divided on house plants, some people like having them in their homes, some don’t but one thing is certain, they are making something of a comeback.

You will find plenty of interior design magazines now displaying dream interiors with plants an integral part of the overall design scheme. This reflects perhaps the need for people to reconnect with nature, particularly those who are living in apartments and small terraced homes where truly natural spaces are either non-existent or at a premium.

Whether you like plants in the home or not they do offer several benefits which can be enjoyed even when they placed in the bedroom.

Plants are actually very good at regulating humidity levels in the home and they can even improve indoor air quality by filtering out impurities, which is important if you want your bedroom to be a healthy environment.

These environmental benefits are not the only reason to consider having plants in your bedroom. Plants can also help us relax and even improve our mood. There is also lots you can do to liven up your indoor plant displays and make them fit the overall aesthetic of a room.

In children’s bedrooms for example you can make plants a fun feature. For example, it is common to find cactuses with hats and moustaches placed on them in many garden centres.

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How High Humidity Affects Sleep And What To Do About It

How High Humidity Affects Sleep And What To Do About It

The country is often divided in the summer between those who love the hot and weather and those who pray for rain and fresher conditions so they can get a better night’s sleep. If you belong to the latter camp, fear not there is a lot you can do to reduce heat and humidity in the bedroom.

The first thing to look at in an uncomfortable hot and humid bedroom is the type of sheets you are using. There is always an option to have no sheets on the bed at all during hot weather, but this can sometimes leave you susceptible to feeling the chill of early morning if conditions suddenly change.

The best way to cool things down therefore is to invest in cotton sheets, that are far more breathable than synthetic fabrics. Also avoid silk which can really raise the temperature.

Replacing your mattress can also help a lot. Memory foam for example moulds to your body via the heat you naturally produce and this has the effect of trapping that heat which is not ideal in hot humid conditions. Opting for a mattress type that doesn’t trap heat can make the world of difference.

Another practical way to reduce humidity is to invest in a de-humidifier. While some humidity in the room is actually good for you, if humidity gets to high it is impossible for moisture to evaporate, which prevents us from cooling down. A good dehumidifier will stop this happening.

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Hot Weather Sleep Hacks

Hot Weather Sleep Hacks

Summer often brings hot sticky nights so knowing how to combat these conditions will help you maintain the right amount of sleep so you’re not left feeling drained in the morning. With this in mind, here are our top sleep hacks for hot weather.

Cooling your bedroom
The first place to start is the room itself. It may sound counterintuitive but closing curtains during the day will help deflect some of the heat entering the home. You can also cool down your room with an electric fan or air conditioning unit, however these are likely to add significantly to your electricity bills. The natural way to allow cool air in is to open windows if security is not a concern.

Cooling your bed
If the bed feels too hot to sleep in, then it may be time to get rid of the duvet and use either a thin cotton bed sheet or the thinnest tog duvet you can find.

Cool your bedsheets and pillows
Did you know you can put both your pillow and bedsheet in the fridge as long as they are kept I sealed bags. You can then simply take them out when it’s time for bed and enjoy a nice cool start to your night’s sleep.

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Why Is Sleeping Hard In Hot Weather?

Why Is Sleeping Hard In Hot Weather?

After an unseasonably warm end to spring summer is upon us and there is a strong chance we could see temperatures soar even higher. Unfortunately, hot weather isn’t just confined to the daytime in the summer months, it can also continue through the night and into the early hours.

This can lead to problems sleeping when even taking the covers off offers little relief from oppressive heat. Hot sticky nights are notorious for affecting sleep and it is common to end up spending most of the night awake while tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable.

But have you ever asked what the science is behind this heat induced insomnia?

The answer is the complex relationship between our body temperature and sleep. Our body’s natural rhythms are tied to our external environments and this makes us sensitive to even small changes in temperature particularly at bed time.

Our body is attuned to temperatures cooling down through the afternoon and into the evening. This is why you will find it easier to sleep when the bedroom is cool and you can snuggle up in your sheets.

If the temperature is high at night than the effect is the opposite and the heat keeps the body in a wakeful state normally required for daytime hours.

So the key to getting a better night’s sleep in hot weather is to do everything you can to reduce the temperature in your bedroom by using fans or air conditioning and screening out sunlight.

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