How to get better sleep in Summer

May 18 , 2022

Amjid Ali

How to get better sleep in Summer

While we can’t wait for the warmer days, summer can also bring a whole host of challenges - especially where sleep is concerned. The combination of warm nights, summer holidays and schedule changes can significantly impact sleep, so how can you ensure you’re comfortable during the hottest months?

Research has shown that those with poor sleep schedules are likely to experience issues with mood, concentration and even metabolism. If you're already dreading those warm summer nights, here are some tips from the Ambassador Beds sleep experts!

Take advantage of natural light

Summer means longer days and earlier sunrises, which can actually help those that struggle getting to sleep. Experts recommend making the most of this natural sunlight as soon as possible, as it gives the body its cue to wake up and be more alert. We recommend taking advantage of this early morning sunlight, whether it’s taking the dog for a walk, enjoying a morning coffee outside or simply sitting by the window to eat breakfast. By waking up early, the body will start to shift into ‘sleepy mode’ sooner - hopefully setting the scene for a good nights sleep. 

Avoid light before bed

Just like you should strive to take advantage of natural light in the morning, you should also try to avoid excess light at night. This means cutting down time spent in front of laptops, phones and televisions at least an hour before you go to sleep. If you do need to have screen time, ensure that the screens are dimmed or at least a safe distance from your eyes. 

Have a regular bedtime

We’re not saying that the whole family should go to bed at 8 pm on the dot, however, there is a lot to be said for set bedtimes! Summer tends to throw any schedules to the wind, which can impact sleep patterns throughout these months and beyond. There is a temptation to stay up late and enjoy the warmer nights, however, doing this every night can have significant consequences - especially for younger children. It’s normal for bedtimes to get later during the summer holidays, but there needs to be a transition back to sleep schedules well in advance of things getting back to normal, and this goes for adults too.

Keep bedrooms cool

One of the biggest sleep killers during the summer is the heat, so it’s important that you have a way to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. For those without air conditioning, trying to keep a room cool during the summer can feel like a losing battle. We advise keeping blinds down and curtains closed as much as possible as well as investing in a fan to more air around the room.

Switch to summer bedsheets

While the winter months are all about cosy, thick duvets, blankets and pillows, the summer months are all about finding cool, breathable fabrics. When shopping for summer bedding, look for natural fibres such as lightweight cotton or bamboo, or take advantage of high-tech wicking fabrics that offer better breathability. Modern memory foam mattresses are designed to conserve heat, so it is important to change your bedding during the summer to combat this. 

Our top tip for summer sleeping is to take a shower before getting into bed. As well as rinsing off the sweat, suncream and other remnants of a hot day, a lukewarm shower before bed can help regulate your core temperature. 

If you’re planning on transforming your bedroom for the summer, don't forget to take a look at our collection of stylish bed frames and mattresses. With a range of styles and sizes to choose from, we can help provide the perfect base for a summer of rest and relaxation!