Wednesday, 4 July 2018

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep This Summer (+ A 25% Off Desenio Discount Code)


how to sleep in the heat

Summer sure has it's benefits (being able to wear dresses and playsuits again, lighter evenings and basically eating ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner) but it also has it's downfalls, namely wasps (I hate them with a passion), hayfever and my least favourite thing about it; the humidity. Over the past few weeks, whilst Scotland has been hit with a bit of a freak heatwave, I've had sore heads, itchy and irritable eyes and more than a few dizzy spells. That muggy or clammy feeling can often feel inescapable, especially when you live somewhere so ill equipped to deal with it (there's no air-con or properly shady spots here) and that sweaty and gross feeling only intensifies when you eventually go to bed.

If, like me, you struggle to get to sleep when it's over 10 degrees at night, this blog post is for you! I've tried out a few things to help and some of them have made such a big difference.

So here are my top tips on how to get a good night's sleep this Summer;

Switch to a flat sheet

Other than the obvious advice, aka. get a fan ASAP, the biggest gamechanger this year for me has been buying a flat sheet. For some reason, no matter how hard that I try, I just can't get to sleep without something covering me. And since it is far, far too hot to be messing about with any kind of duvet or throw on top of me at night, I thought that I would try out a flat sheet. And what a difference it has made.

They seem to be pretty commonplace in warmer climates and are pretty much the only thing on the beds when visiting somewhere like Florida, for example. I managed to pick up mine from Primark for about £5, which wasn't too bad at all and easily one of the best fivers that I've spent this year. It's light and breathable enough to not add to your already hot self but significant enough to still feel like I'm wrapped up in bed. It's also infinitely easier to stick your feet or limbs out of rather than having to deal with a big or heavy duvet cover.

how to sleep in the summer heat

Keep your bed free of clutter

Talking of beds, isn't it the worst when you're 100% ready to flop onto your bed and pass out, only to realise that you've left a pile of clean washing or half the contents of your wardrobe, when you were getting ready, strewn all over your bed?

I've desperately needed to lie down in a dark room thanks to the heat induced headaches and migraines that I've been experiencing as a result of the warm weather and not having to spend 10-15 minutes tidying everything off my bed changes the whole game. I also regularly need to lie down at certain points throughout the day and the evening thanks to my IBS and the last thing you want to be doing is having to start moving things around or tidying up when you've got a sore stomach or trapped wind.

At night, if I've left lots of stuff all over my bed, I often find that by the time I've moved or tidied everything away, I then feel full of energy and nowhere near ready to go to sleep. Just get into the habit of making your bed each morning or even simply pulling back the covers to let your bed breathe in this warm weather. That also makes a big difference to keeping your bed cool for when you're ready to get into it at night.

Create a space that you actually want to spend time in

When I've had a night of restless or little sleep, something inside me resents having to spend any more time than absolutely necessary in or around my bed the following day. In a bid to remedy this, I've spent some time creating a space that I actually want to spend time in that also gives me those Summertime vibes without having to actually leave the comfort of my home.

Having white walls can often make a room look bare and uninspiring so I thought that I would add some much needed colour and a spot of Summertime realness to my back wall with this trio of prints from Desenio.

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Pastel Palm No 1 50 x 70cm Poster - Neon Leaves One 50 x 70cm Poster - Pink Sky Beach 50 x 70cm Poster

Don't the colours just compliment each other so well? They also go well with a lot of my bedding and cushions etc. which are all pretty much in the teal or pink family. Seeing the prints immediately makes me smile every time that I enter my bedroom.

I also couldn't resist this print, which definitely sums up the days when I'm having a bad IBS flare up. Instead of worrying about my bed and my bedroom being a place where I feel unwell or struggle to get comfortable or to sleep, I now look forward to starting what I like to think of as my bedtime routine (more on that below).

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Go Back To Bed 30 x 40cm Poster 

If you like the look of these prints or are looking to add more personality to your home or bedroom, I have a great and exclusive 25% off discount code to take 25% off posters (excluding handpicked and collaboration posters and frames) between July 4th and 9th, simply by using the code ellistuesday25.

If you're reading this blog post outwith that time period, I also have a link to take £5 off your first order of prints.

Start a proper bedtime routine

Again, this might sound like common sense but if you're used to curling up in bed hours before you actually nod off or spend your time in bed scrolling through social media at like 11pm at night, chances are you're going to find it more difficult to get to sleep.

Try to properly wind down and to detach yourself from anything with a screen for at least an hour before you want to sleep and see if that makes a difference. Get into the habit of having a real bedtime routine. Whether that's having a long bath, getting into your pjs and grabbing a book or if it's simply switching off and listening to your body when you start to feel tired, see what works best for you.

I personally like to put my phone on charge and out of reach and either read a few chapters of a book until my eyes start to sting or lay down and listen to some chilled out music until, again, my body starts to say, 'right, it's time for bed.'

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Get sleepy

And if all else fails, literally get sleepy and slather on some of Lush's Sleepy Body Lotion right before bed. Honestly, this stuff completely lives up to the hype! If you struggle to drift off naturally, you need to give this stuff a try! This little pot is only £7.95 and it really is money well spent.

They also do a bigger pot, that I've already stocked up on, which is even better value for money. And if you prefer spraying your room or body with fragrance rather than slathering something on, then you simply have to pay your local Lush store a visit solely to smell their Twilight Body Spray! Honestly, it's just so soothing and dreamy and lets my body know that it's time to wind down when I've sprayed it.

lush twilight body spray

I'm also putting a new mattress to the test, namely the Leesa Mattress and I'll be sharing my thoughts on that in a few weeks time. SPOILER ALERT: you won't want to leave your bed ever again! And in combination with the tips in today's blog post, I've been sleeping a lot more soundly and comfortably this Summer.

Do you often struggle to drift off to sleep either in the warm weather or just generally? If so, what do you do to help the situation? Do any of my tips sound like they could work for you? And what's your favourite and least favourite things about Summer?
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