Oh These Summer Nights!

23 July 2013

Blackout Blinds
Sleeping in warm temperatures isn’t something we’re accustomed to in Northern Ireland, but the recent hot weather has led to soaring evening temperatures, sometimes as high as almost 20°C after 9pm.  

While the warmer weather is a welcome change to the usual cold, wet forecasts we’ve become used to, the rise in temperature can affect your sleep, leaving you tossing and turning in the middle of the night, dreaming of the arrival of the colder months. 

Here at Harry Corry, we’re serious about sleep, so we’ve enlisted our resident design expert Mark to share his top tips for keeping cool when those summer days drift away to the summer nights.

Take inspiration from the Med

While the soaring temperatures may be a big change for us, some of our European neighbours are used to dealing with warmer climates on a more regular basis. We can take some inspiration from them when it comes to cooling down our homes. 

A tip I’ve picked up during my travels round the hot spots on the continent is to close the curtains during the day to stop the sun coming in. If your curtains haven’t been changed since the last heat wave, a fresh new pair will brighten up your room better than the sun! Take a look at our stunning range of ready-made eyelet curtains, now with up to 50% off.

As well as closing the curtains, I’d recommend keeping the windows on the shady side of your house open, while closing those on the sunny side – this practice is commonplace in warm countries, and it will help greatly reduce the heat in your home this summer. 

If opening your windows during the day isn’t an option, then keep the windows and curtains closed and use a fan in the room to get the air circulating. Fresh air, whether it’s through an open window or from a fan, will work in two ways to help you sleep. It’ll help circulate air to stop moisture building up and it’ll also cool your body when you get into bed. 

Studies show that it’s much easier for people to sleep when their body temperature is cooler, so get those windows open or invest in a fan to help aid your sleep. 

Once you’ve cooled the room, it’s time to look at your choice of bedding and how this can impact on your sleep. 

Sort your sheets

Thin cotton sheets are the best choice for this time of year because they absorb moisture much better than nylon bedding, which can be uncomfortable to lie on in warmer weather. Our range of cotton percale sheets start at just £2.96, and include matching pillowcases.

Don’t forget that your duvet also plays a key part in helping you have a good sleep. Summer duvets are a great solution as they have a lower tog, making them lighter and cooler. Try the Star Buy 4.5 tog duvet, which is light enough to keep you cool without breaking the bank.

Shine a light

At Harry Corry, we recently released the Good Sleep Guide, which was written by sleep professor Dr Chris Idzikowski. One of Dr Idzikowski’s top tips for getting a good night’s sleep is letting light flow into the bedroom during sleep. 

This may surprise a few people, especially during the summer with longer hours of sunshine, but natural light works in sync with the biological clock in our bodies as a natural alarm clock, easing the brain into an awaked state in the morning. 

Of course, if you’re really struggling to nod off when it’s so bright then you could experiment with some blackout blinds, but generally speaking, a set of good quality curtains that allow some light and air into the room will help you nod off easily during the hot summer nights. 

Do you have any tips or tricks to help you get to sleep on an uncomfortably hot night? Let us know below and we’ll post the best ones on our Facebook page!