Phew – its hot!!!

Here are a few tips for keeping bedrooms cool over summer:

1. Pyjamas and sheets
If you can use loose-fitting, lightweight pjs, preferably made from a natural fibre like cotton they will absorb perspiration better than synthetic fabrics and are breathable. Light weight cotton sheets are excellent for helping ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.

2. A fan
We use fans in our house. I switch then off in the kids rooms before I go to bed. Or else you could set them up on a timer so they turn themselves off. Make sure the fan is away from anyone’s face so there isn’t a draft. If you place a low pan (like a roasting tray) of ice in front of the fan, it will really cool the air down.

3. Cool the air
When it’s really hot - hang wet towels over chairs or windows as the evaporating water will help the air to cool.

4. Draw your curtains early whilst still sunny
If you keep the curtains drawn during the day it will prevent the sun from heating up the room.

5. Windows open – mosquitoes??
If you are like us and close the windows due to mossies, look into repellents that you can leave on during the night. There is a wide range available from plug ins to sprays to natural solutions. Otherwise mosquito nets have made a come back

6. Freeze your sheets
Sounds weird but I had a friend who did this. She would put her sheets in a plastic bag in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. Of course it means you have to make the bed every night – but it could be worth it. It won’t keep you cool all night – but would be lovely to get to sleep in

7. Hot water bottles.
Number 6 above got me thinking of how you could achieve a cool bed, without changing the sheets every night. How about filling a hot water bottle and putting it in the freezer then putting it into the bed for a few minutes before you get in. Just don't fill it right up as ice expands.

8. Cool shower before bed
Having a cool shower before bed brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean.

9. Wheat bags and rice socks
Check out your wheat or grain bags that are normally heated. Most can be put in the freezer to cool down. Another idea is to fill a sock with rice, tie it off and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours.
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