I was woken up at three am the other night by a little boy with a ‘hot tummy’ that needed a drink and was ‘having a nightmare about ninja’s’…
It has been very humid the last week, I lay in my bed hearing little irritated sighs and coughs from my son’s room waiting for the imminent high pitched ‘MUMMMY.’ He has informed me that I need to turn the radiators off and was really irked when I informed him gently that the warmth is the fault of Summer and not the central heating.
I have therefore concluded children do not sleep in Summer, it like the antithesis of Winter and hibernation. They toss and turn and grumble, that said so does my other half. I on the other hand still want the duvet on and have only just conceded to removing my socks. I might be cold blooded. Like a fish.
Your body temperature needs to drop slightly before you go to sleep which is why you just can’t sleep when the room is too hot and stuffy. So with parental sleep deprivation in mind we want to share our simple, effective tips to ensure you and your little mischiefs stay cool and comfortable in bed this Summer.
1. Put the pillowcase, or, if you are like me and are odd and wear socks in bed put them (clean) in the fridge for ten minutes before bedtime. Or you could put a hot water bottle full of cold water in the bed..I guess that would make it a cold water bottle. I also spray the old faithful lavender mist on the underside of the pillowcase. We love Boots Re:Balance Dream Pillow Mist.
2. Encourage little ones to drink plenty of cool water during the evening and keep a glass by the bed. Don’t forget to remind them to pop to the toilet before sleepy time…
3. We have switched my son’s duvet, even though it is low tog, to using a sheet and throw. With the sheet I prefer cotton as it is breathable. A lot of children’s sheets are helpfully/unhelpfully fitted now days but a normal single will do fine. He also has a light bed throw; Yorkshire Linens do a fantastic Marvel Justice design perfect for my superhero addicted little man.
4. Ensure the room is dark at night, you can keep a window open slightly but I wouldn’t advise this if your little one suffers from hay fever. Use an electric fan, research and invest in one that doesn’t sound like an aeroplane landing… We have a Bionaire Mini Tower Fan. If it’s really hot, put a tray of ice and a little water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more. I keep my sons blinds down in the day when he is at school to keep his room as cool as possible.
5. Have a cool shower or bath before bed…This cools the body’s core temperature and gets of any pollen. Try not to let your child put in too many hot wheels cars…this does not help them sleep in any way but you have to take them all out again.
We hope these help!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.