At Camille, we love the summer months! Being able to explore in the sun all day long and relax in the garden in the evening glow makes summer the perfect time to make memories and have fun. But for many of us, there is one drawback to the warmer weather and that’s trying to get to sleep in the heat! If you have found you’re struggling to keep cool at night, then you have come to the right place.
We have put together an extensive guide on how to keep cool at night so that you can get a well-rested night’s sleep ready for a day of exploring! Explore our tips and advice for getting a good night sleep in hot weather, and explore our full collection of summer nightwear available now.
Keep It Light and Loose
Of course, if you’re a Camille regular, you know that we’re experts at nightwear and finding the most comfortable pieces for our customers. So, our top tip for keeping cool at night is to choose light and airy nightwear which will ensure you don’t overheat in your sheets. To make it easier for you to find the right nightwear, we have put together an extensive summer collection for you to explore.
Choose a cotton nightdress that is loose and comfortable, with minimal material that might get tangled around your body in the night. We have a range of styles available, including sleeveless night dresses that will keep your arms free from overheating. If a nightdress isn’t for you, then consider a short pyjama set or a culotte set which will offer you more coverage, but still be a lighter option than classic PJs. Avoid button fastenings which may irritate you further in the night and choose something with spaghetti straps to keep your upper body free of unnecessary material.
Whatever you choose, steer clear of any synthetic materials like satin or velvet. They may feel good on your skin, but when it comes to getting into bed you will quickly feel suffocated as these materials aren’t breathable, so we don’t recommend them for warm weather.
Cool Down Before Bedtime
Before getting ready for bed, take the time to have a nice and relaxing cool shower to bring your body temperature down. A cold shower may sound awful to some, but we’re not talking about an ice bath. Even if you don’t like cold showers, a lukewarm one to freshen up will still help you to cool down. Not only will this technique cool you down, but it will also remove the feeling of stickiness and sweat that being out in the sun often brings. Plus, it’s a great way to relax and unwind.
Even if a cool shower is totally not for you, then avoid hot baths in the hours before bedtime. It takes a long time for your body to cool back down after a hot bath, so avoid one in the evening if you’re looking for a cool night’s sleep.
Close Those Windows and Curtains!
Yep, you read that right! As soon as the sun comes out and the temperature rises, most of us leap to push our curtains and blinds aside and open the windows as far as they’ll go. But, after the initial fresh air, what does this achieve, other than the pesky flies that will suddenly be swarming in your home?
Fight the urge and keep your windows closed, or maybe just open a crack, and don’t open those blinds. By keeping your room in darkness during the day, you’re avoiding a sauna in the evening. Inviting the sun into your home will turn it into a greenhouse. Imagine getting into a hot car that’s been sat in the sun, that’s what we want to avoid! This is a trick that is popular in hot countries, and something we need to adopt in the UK, as this technique will reduce the temperature in your home dramatically.
Once it gets to the evening time, then it’s safe to open your windows properly and let in the now hopefully cooler air. By keeping them closed during the day, you’ll really feel the benefit as it gets to the evening and you need a blast of fresh air to help you drift off.
Exercise Earlier in the Day
Like we mentioned earlier, your body takes a long while to fully cool down and so when it comes to exercise, we recommend you do it early in the day. If you build up a sweat in the evening, then your body won’t have time to cool itself down before you’re ready to go to sleep, and there’s nothing worse than feeling hot and sticky as you struggle to relax.
Of course, you might want to avoid exercise when the day is at its warmest, so try and get out in the early morning. But we know this isn’t possible for everyone. Give yourself a 3-hour cooldown window after exercising before you attempt to get ready for bed if exercising in the evening is your only option.
Choose Lighter Meals
Another top tip we want to share is to avoid hot and heavy foods just before bed. By adjusting your meals to the warmer weather you will feel a lot better when it comes to bedtime. Did you know that digesting food raises your body temperature, especially large portions of meat?
Because of this, we recommend eating your largest meal of the day for lunch and sticking to light salads in the evening. Plus, this will help you with preventing a hot oven blazing in your home and making the air warm.
Pay Special Attention to your Bedding
Finally, make sure to pick out weather-appropriate bedding for you to use during the summer. Keeping a thin, cotton duvet set in the cupboard for when the temperature rises will be a dream come true when the sun comes out. Invest in high-quality cotton or linen, and this will make a huge difference to your quality of sleep. Just like choosing cotton nightwear will cool you down, the same can be said for your bed.
If the heat is especially unbearable and the thought of getting into bed gives you a flush just by thinking about it, then ditch your duvet and choose a light blanket or thin sheet to sleep with instead. This is a popular technique in America, and they rarely use duvets and only in the winter, so it’s a tried and tested trick which will make getting to sleep a lot easier.
If you know the weather is going to be particularly warm and humid, then why not take the time to preemptively cool your sheets? Place your bedding in a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for a few hours before bed. It may seem a little bit odd, but when it comes to bedtimes and you can slip between your icy sheets, you’ll feel so much better and will be able to get to sleep much easier for a well-rested night.
Now you have all of our top and easy tips for how to keep cool at night, then you’re ready to put this information into action. Even if the weather isn’t too unbearable yet, we all know how unpredictable it can be. So, invest in some summer nightwear and bedding today, and thank yourself later! Plus, with a selection as stylish and cute as ours available at Camille, you don’t need to look for an excuse to update your nightwear collection.
We are also proud to offer a wide range of swimwear for both men and women which will keep you cool and looking your best in the summer so, day or night, Camille has your back this season.