With its higher temperatures and brighter nights, summer isn’t the best time of year to drift off and sleep soundly, but don’t worry help is on the way. Here at Dreams we know the importance of a good night’s sleep, so we’d like to share some tips on how to slumber in the summer.
The perfect place to rest your head.
Everyone loves a good pillow, especially when it’s new, but we all have different needs. The best way to find what’s right for you is to think about how you sleep.
If you sleep on your back, you need a pillow with extra support at the bottom to
cradle your neck. If you’re a side sleeper, go for a fuller pillow to fill in the gap
between your ear and shoulder. You’ll be surprised at what a difference the right pillow makes and how it can help send you off to sleep even on those bright summer nights.
Create a sleep-friendly environment.
Your bedroom needs to be nice and cool in the summer. The ideal temperature at which most people find it comfortable to sleep is around 20C, so open bedroom windows in the early evening or whilst you are getting ready for bed. You can also consider cooling down your bedroom during the day by closing the blinds or curtains. And if you’re still too hot to nod off at bedtime, try taking a shower.
Try to keep bedtime to the same time.
You should go to bed, and wake up, at the same times each day, as much as possible – even at weekends. This helps your body to get into a sleep rhythm and make it easier to fall asleep and get up in the morning.
Get the right mattress and the best advice.
With almost a third of your life spent asleep, buying your mattress should be one of the most important decisions you’ll make. And because everyone’s different, you need to know exactly what suits you. Your mattress is the one part of the bed that’s closest to you and that’s why it’s the most important. To make sure you get the right one, Dreams offer a 40 Night Comfort Guarantee. We also have a mattress selector tool on our website that will give you the best chance of getting it right first time.
Make your bedroom a shade more relaxing
Bright colours are not the best choice for a restful bedroom, especially when they’re highlighted by lingering summer sunlight. They all combine to make your brain more active and that won’t help you sleep. Instead, opt for soft, natural tones, with blues being the most relaxing. This will help to create a chilled space and make it easier to drift off.
Get your very own cover
Consider sleeping under separate duvets with different tog ratings if one of you prefers to be warm and the other likes to be cooler. This also helps if one partner is restless and/or a cover-hogger. The National Sleep Foundation also recommends switching to lighter duvets and linen bedding in the summertime, so that’s a step worth taking too.
Stay in the dark
On those relatively bright summer evenings, try and sleep in complete darkness or as close as possible. The tiniest bit of light can disrupt your body clock, so if you do need to go to the bathroom at night, remember to keep the light off.
So there are a few suggestions on how to sleep better in the summer months.
Give them a try and you could soon be soon be enjoying sweet summertime sleep in no time.