Keeping cool during the night
Monday 19 June 2017
During the current heatwave it's important to know how to keep yourself and your children cool during the night. As most of us don’t have the luxury of air conditioning at home, here are a few tips to help keep your family cool.
Keep it cool
A cool bath before bedtime can really help to soothe and cool the body after a hot day and helps to calm the body ready for sleep.
In the bedroom
Keeping your bedrooms cool can be a real challenge, especially if the sun shines directly into it during the afternoon and evening. By bedtime it can feel incredibly warm and fairly intolerable. Using blackout blinds or curtains can help if you keep it down or keep them closed throughout the day. Not only will the darkened room help you as blackout lining can help keep rooms cooler in the sun as well as help retain heat in winter.
If it still feels too stuffy to sleep even with windows open, try an electric fan to move the air around the room. However, it might not feel too beneficial given that the air is still hot. But you can put frozen water bottles or bags of ice in front of the fan to cool the air.
Another good tip is to hang cold wet towels around the room as the evaporating water will help to cool the air.
Bedding and Pyjamas
Less is best when it comes to bedding and sleepwear during the hot weather. Choose cotton sheets wherever possible as other fabrics and duvets retain heat and will make you feel too warm and sticky.
In heatwave conditions with a room temperature over 25 degrees it’s also a good idea to wear loose cotton PJs, a cool cotton vest and underwear or, if it’s really hot, nothing at all!
Remember to check on children’s temperatures regularly and be aware that the temperature may drop through the night so you may have to revaluate what they’re wearing in bed and adjust accordingly.
In warm weather, it is important keep well hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water is essential and one of the best choices. Giving children ice-lollies is a good way to ensure they are getting enough water. Fresh fruits and salad also count towards water intake. It is always a good idea to always have a glass of water next to the bed so you can cool down and rehydrate when you need to during the night.