As we brace ourselves here in the UK for the hottest day on record, we are getting the paddling pool prepared, water squirters are at the ready, drinks are in the freezer, sun cream is applied….let the fun commence!!
We don’t often experience heatwaves here, but when we do it can really change our sleeping patterns. We for one had an uncomfortable game of musical beds last night, our youngest really struggled to settle in the heat.
So during all of these moments of fun, it’s worth considering prepping the home for this evenings sleep!
As featured in an article on the BBC, here are some top tips for sleeping better in a heatwave as suggested by Prof Kevin Morgan, former director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University, and Lisa Artis of the Sleep Council.
During the daytime, draw all of your blinds and close the curtains to keep the sun out. Keep the hot air out of your home by closing the windows on the sunny side of your house. Once the sun has gone down, open all of the windows to let in a breeze.
During this weather it’s often tempting to wave goodbye to any routines you may have. It’s advisable not to change your little ones bedtime hour too much as this can really disrupt sleep.
Stay hydrated! Drink loads of water, but not too much just before bedtime.
Replace your duvet cover with thin sheets as they will absorb the heat. Keep your duvet handy though in case you wake up cold!
Use a fan!! If you don’t have one, fill up a water bottle with icy cold water.
I hope you find these tips useful!! Read the full article here for further suggestions: http:// https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49072212
Have fun in the sun, everyone!