HERE AT HIS & HERS, WE’VE BEEN EMBRACING THE START OF THE PROMISED MINI HEAT-WAVE AND HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE WAY THAT A LITTLE DAPPLED SUNSHINE SUDDENLY MAKES EVERYTHING LOOK BETTER.
However, the change of seasons does bring some challenges on the home front. For starters, that tiny bit of dust that was almost invisible in autumn and winter suddenly becomes glaringly obvious when the sun streams through your windows. And although the warmer, lighter nights are perfect for evening strolls, cocktails and soaking up those sunsets, they can play havoc with your sleep routine.
If you’re suddenly finding yourself tossing and turning at night, and there just isn’t enough under-eye concealer in the world, here are our top tips for getting plenty of shut-eye throughout the summer months.
- If the lighter nights are making it harder for you to drift off, or if bright sunlight streaming through your bedroom window is causing you to wake up before your alarm goes off, it could be time to invest in some new blinds like these by Ambition Blinds. They’ll give your bedroom a fresh look, but more importantly, a good set of blackout blinds will help to create that pitch black, cool environment which is vital for a good night’s sleep.
- Yes, it’s a pain changing your duvet, which is why most of us end up putting it off for as long as possible. But stubbornly sticking with your winter duvet as the temperatures rise is likely to mean waking up in the middle of the night feeling far too hot. Investing in a good lightweight summer duvet will help keep you cool all night long. Plus, making the switch will give you an excuse to put fresh bedlinen on the bed, and thus enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures.
- If fancy air-con’s out of the question (and it is here at His & Hers), simply opening a window a few hours before you go to bed to allow air to circulate and your bedroom to cool down can help to create an optimum temperature for sleep. And a (quiet) fan can also prove surprisingly effective.
- The His & Hers team also swears by the effectiveness of a good wind-down ritual before you hit the sheets. Personally, we’d recommend magicing up a little time to cleanse, tone and moisturise and perhaps to take a bath or shower before bed. There’s something weirdly soothing about taking the time over your skincare routine, or just savouring a slow shower when you don’t have the usual morning rush to get ready.
- Still needing a little more priming to get sleepy? We recently started setting the ‘phone to one side and taking a good novel to bed instead. Even if you just set yourself a goal of reading 10 pages before you drift off, curling up with a good book will help you forget about your to do list and the events of the day, or your plans for tomorrow, and focus on a little old-school entertainment instead.
If you have any more tips for getting a great night’s sleep, the His & Hers team would love to hear about them (and we’ll probably give them a try!) Please share your advice in the comments, or via our social media channels, listed below. Thank you for reading!
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