Most of us love the summer, we will it to arrive 10 months of the year and then when it does come often it comes with disruption to sleep that may only be a few nights or perhaps it may be more but it can be hard to keep your room and your child’s room cool so everyone can sleep peacefully.
And then we will it to be cool again…..
I am going to give you some “cool” tips in this blog that will help keep your bedrooms cooler this summer and help with your families sleep!
So without going too much in to the science of sleep, what I will tell you is that the body needs to take a dip in temperature to effectively fall asleep. In the evening when the sun goes down or we are in a darker room your eyes will understand the darkness and send signals to the brain which effectively tells the circadian rhythm (internal body clock) it is time to sleep. This then triggers the release of melatonin that tells the body you feel tired and sleepy and helps you fall asleep. This also helps the body take a dip in temperature.
However if the bedroom is hot, this can confuse your brain, interfere with the natural thermoregulation and this will then disturb sleep. The body is very sensitive to temperature during the first 2 stages of sleep and this is why you and your child may find it hard to fall asleep.
During the Day
Before Your Little One Goes To Bed
During The Night
The heat of summer can still affect us all. You or your child may be effected by heat exhaustion so it is worth noting down the following signs:
If you or your child displays any of these signs and you are concerned you need to cool off and have some calm quite time away from the sun. Remove clothing and cool down by placing a cool cloth over the back of neck, forehead, feet and arms.
Enjoy the summer as much as you can, don’t forget to take the sun screen out with you and a makeup brush to apply it, (then you won’t get stick hands and your little one will perhaps not squirm as much when you apply it to their face!)
Peaceful nights to you all,
Your Paediatric Sleep consultant
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