Beat the heat for a great night’s sleep

Keeping cool in the summer 

While we all love to see the sunshine arrive, the accompanying heat can sometimes be difficult to bear at night.

An overly warm room can make sleeping difficult often leading to restlessness and discomfort. We know from research that the ideal temperature for a bedroom is between 16-18°C (60-65°F) but when those hot, sticky nights kick in it can be difficult to keep cool.

Tips on keeping cool 

Where possible, open windows and inside doors to help create a draught and allow the air to circulate within the bedroom.

If the sun is particularly hot, keep curtains drawn, or if you’ve blackout blinds, keep these closed to prevent the room from overheating during the day.

Consider changing your duvet to a lighter tog rating – a tog rating of 4.5 tog is ideal for warm summer nights. If this is still too warm, try sleeping under a cotton sheet.

Wear light cotton nightwear to keep the body’s core temperature at the right level.

A cool shower or bath before bedtime can also help refresh and cool the body in preparation for sleep.


Try and drink plenty of fluids during the day – preferably water – and have some to hand by the bed if you heat up during the night.

Keep your bed clean and fresh and stick to cooling cottons or silk bedding.

If you or your partner struggle to keep cool at night, make sure your bed is roomy enough for two!  Up-sizing to a King Size or Super King Size bed can make all the difference to getting a good night’s sleep.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol or a big meal as these can cause dehydration and digestion difficulties making it uncomfortable and difficult to drop off.

If you’re thinking of buying a new bed or mattress, consider a model that incorporates natural fibres or is topped in a cooling cover. The Myers Latex Charm 5′ Mattress is a great example of this with its Coolmax Cover providing a Cool and Comfortable sleeping environment.

What to do next

Stocking a wide range of leading bed brands and bedding, Armagh and Dalzell’s of Markethill has an extensive selection of climate control mattress options to help you find the optimum sleeping temperature. With over 500 beds in stock including  leading brands KaymedKing Koil, Respa,DorluxOdearestSlumber NightSleeptightMyers and Staples there’s something for everyone at Dalzell’s.

What’s more, we offer a Free Delivery service and Free Collection Recycling of Your Old Bed across Northern Ireland and Counties Louth, Monaghan and Dublin, with competitive rates across the rest of Ireland. Our staff are on hand to advise on the best bed and mattress to suit your sleeping style. Call us on T: 028 3755 1260email or visit us in-store today for a great deal. Or why not view our great collection of beds and mattresses online at Armagh