This summer has been filled with the vast cobalt skies and endless possibilities for summer frock wearing and bare legs. Heaven! The Ethical Hedonist has seriously yearned to go native and live in a pretty bell tent in an organic flower meadow and listen to an orchestra of crickets and birdsong before drifting off to the world of Queen Mab. Well, that is the ideal! The truth is rather more unc0mfortable, sticky and frustrating. Sleep is supposed to be magical. It just happens. The idea is to hit the pillow, immediately fall asleep, and eight hours later jump out of bed as the Emerald Princess, restored and ready to go. Alas, whilst we bask in a heavenly Mediterranean climate, which is ideal for alfresco picnics, and topping up on vitamin D levels to metabolise calcium, and build healthy bones, sleep just isn’t happening! It’s way too hot and humid to cool down and drift off to sleep.
The Ethical Hedonist has been tossing and turning at night, which isn’t good for creativity, and so it was time to call in the sleep guru – Dave Gibson, who is the resident sleep expert at Warren Evans, glorious British bedmakers. Long summer days are life-enhancing, however, our love affair with the sun can quickly fade when we can’t sleep because it’s too hot and humid to cool down and stay serenely asleep.
So, Alison Jane spoke to David Gibson, Warren Evans sleep expert and he has kindly shared his top tips and advice to help you and all the family maintain a good quality of sleep during these sultry high summer nights.
Did you know that sleeping well is all about a balance in temperature in the bedroom? No, we didn’t know that either!
“The most important thing you can do to aid restful sleep is to try to achieve is a room with a balanced temperature. A room that is too hot will prevent you sleeping but equally, a room that is too cold affects sleep, ” explains Dave. ” Your body temperature naturally falls during the 2nd stage of sleep, reaching its lowest point about four hours after the onset of sleep. If the room gets too cold (below 54 degrees Fahrenheit/12 degrees C) you may wake up.”
Dave Gibson’s Top Seven Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
6.Block out the light. A light room will also prevent you from falling asleep. Try dark, heavy blinds to filter out the light if you are going to sleep before dusk. Also try a sleep/eye mask to make sure your regular sleep routine isn’t broken. Avoid the temptation to stay awake longer in the lighter nights, as routine tends to be the best way (in the modern world of the electric light bulb) of ensuring that you get to sleep easily. Also block off all sources of LED light sources. Switch off or turn them over. Don’t switch on the full light to go to the toilet etc it wakes you up.
7.Allergy management.Pollen can be a massive problem in the spring / summer keeping us awake. Combat using an air purifier and close the windows as soon as possible in the morning to stop the pollen coming in. Shower before bed, including washing your hair, to remove pollen. Anecdotal suggestions are that local honey can help with allergic responses too.
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