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Keep it COOL

by Janine Campbell (Chester), Aug 2018

We’re told that the weather is starting to cool down, but we’re not sure if we can trust the weather forecast anymore!  If you ask us, it’s still too hot to sleep well at night. Tossing and turning in your sticky, sweaty sheets feeling as though there’s simply no air to breathe… sound familiar? Here’s our top tips with the help of our #Congleton franchisee’s expertise to get a good night’s sleep in this weather.

1.       Choose cotton

Reject those satin, silk, or polyester sheets.  Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton are breathable and better for promoting ventilation in the bedroom.

2.       Freezers aren’t just for food

Stick pillowcases/sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed.  Remember to place them in a plastic bag first (we don’t want any rogue frozen peas stuck to them!) and voila! Okay…this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.

3.       Get cold comfort

Here’s a four-seasons tip for keeping utility charges down: Buy a hot water bottle.  In winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty toes without cranking the thermostat.  During summer, stick it in the freezer to create a bed-friendly ice pack.

4.       Sleep like an Egyptian

The so-called “Egyptian Method” involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket.  We recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress. Even just a wet flannel on your chest can help.

5.       Get loose

This one is a no-brainer really…less is definitely more when it comes to summertime PJ’s.  Pick a loose, soft cotton shirt and shorts or underwear.

6.       Create a cross-breeze

Position a fan across from a window, so the wind from outside and the fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze.

7.       Pamper your pulses

To chill out super-fast, apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees. We all know the cool side of the pillow trick – and this follows the same idea!

8.       Be a starfish!

Sorry to you loved up couples, but sleeping alone is the way forward.  Spooning is a winter activity.  Cuddling with a partner increases body heat.

9.       Stay hydrated

Drink a large glass of water before bed.  Tossing and turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some H20 in the tank beforehand.

10.     Cool off

A cold shower takes on a whole new meaning come summertime.  Rinsing off under a stream of tepid H20 brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean.

11.     Encourage cold feet

Those ten little piggies are pretty sensitive to temperature because there are lots of pulse points in the feet and ankles.  Cool down the whole body by soaking/showering feet in cold water before heading to bed.

12.    Unplug at night.

Disconnect electronics, gadgets and other small appliances that give off heat (even when turned off).  Reduce heat in the house (and save energy!) by keeping plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use.