Summer is upon us, which means it is that time of year again where you have to decide whether you will be sleeping in or outside of your duvet!
Sleeping in a heatwave can be a daunting time, especially when you have a busy lifestyle. Sleep is so vital and crucial when it comes to maintaining a healthy body and mind.
However, there are many things that you can do to manage sleeping in a heatwave that will leave you feeling well rested and able to cope with your busy schedule.
In this post, we'll explore not just how to improve your sleep but also how aromatherapy can play a huge role in promoting better sleep. This will lead to reducing the dreaded tossing and turning throughout the night, and wondering if you'll ever be able to fall asleep with the heat.
Why Sleeping In A Heatwave Is So Difficult?
Nothing feels better than getting into a perfectly cool bed, with crips, cold pillows! The same goes for when it’s winter and you want to bundle up in a warm, cosy bed with every blanket you own.
When there is a heatwave, it can make sleeping with your usual duvet difficult and it feels like your bedsheets are sticking to you. This makes for a restless night where you toss and turn, waking up feeling groggy and irritable.
Sleeping in a heatwave can be tricky for everyone. It can be extremely difficult to battle the heat and win.
Most people struggle to fall asleep regardless of the weather. It is easy to carry the stress from the day over into the night and this can keep you from getting the sleep you need. Or it is simple things that can ruin your sleep, like needing to get to go to the toilet and then you can’t fall back to sleep again.
Combine these existing issues with the heat and you can feel frustrated and at a loss of what to do. That's why it's essential to get the basics right to get the sleep you need.
Tips For Staying Cool At Night
The relationship between your body heat and sleep is vital to getting the quality rest you need. That is why it is imperative that you take every step to ensure you are getting the best night's sleep possible. Here are four things you can do to stay cool at night:
1. Get A Lower Tog Duvet
Using the same duvet all year round can mean you are too hot in the summer and often too cold in the winter. The best way around this is to invest in a summer duvet and a winter duvet. We recommend getting a 4.5 tog for summer and a 9-13 tog for winter.
2. Keep Your Room Cool
Try to keep the bedroom cooler during the day by shutting the curtain and stopping the sun from heating the room. So when you get into bed, the sheets haven't had time to heat up.
3. Invest In A Fan
Getting air circulating over you is a great way to dissipate the heat. You can even buy a fan that chucks out cold air, ensuring you stay cool at night.
4. Make Sure To Stick To Your Regular Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine is essential even when there isn't a heatwave. Making sure you stick to yours can aid in getting to sleep faster. Don't forget to incorporate aromatherapy into that routine to release all the stress built up during the day.
How Can Aromatherapy Help Your Sleep?
Comfort is key and it is so important when trying to sleep well in a heatwave. What you may not know is that aromatherapy can play a massive part in your brain switching off and helping you to get the perfect uninterrupted night's sleep that you need.
Our SLEEP WELL Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Balm may be just what you need. It has been carefully created so that the scent triggers the brain into a relaxed state. So, even if you are struggling with the heat the balm can aid in helping your brain to slow down and find the peace it needs to help you drift off.
Sleeping in a heat wave can be challenging, but not impossible! Taking the right steps, and knowing what works for you can help you to have the best night's sleep.
A bonus of aromatherapy is that it has multiple benefits, not only does it help with restlessness, but it also helps you to feel calmer and can be a great way to take a deep breath at the end of a long day, reflect and set you up for a great night's sleep, even if it's extra hot.