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How to get a good night’s sleep in fluctuating weather and temperatures

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The weather can’t make its mind up, but there’s no reason why that has to negatively affect your sleep if you equip yourself with the right bedroom accessories.

Sleep can feel elusive at the best of times, but the weather is a huge contributing factor to the quality of sleep we get, so it’s important to arm yourself with the knowledge to ensure you get some decent kip when the temperature is all over the place. 

Trying to get some rest each night sees many of us experimenting with lengthy nightly rituals, listening to calming podcasts and trying visualisation techniques. But as the seasons transition it can be like getting whiplash, as one night feels too warm to get a good night’s sleep, and the next too nippy.

To help you get a good night’s rest we’ve sussed out a multi-pronged approach to make sure you get some shut-eye, whatever the weather. From products that can aid your sleep to activities to do in the day, here are six ways to get better sleep in the fluctuating weather.

  • Dusk luxury duck down all seasons duvet

    Weather smart duvet
    Dusk duvet

    Having a winter duvet and a summer duvet isn’t something that’s achievable for everyone, whether that’s because of storage space, organisation or expense. So, to ensure you’re comfortable on a cold night (but don’t bake in the summer), the best thing you can do is invest in a duvet which has smart technology to work for both climates.

    Dusk has a fantastic range of smart bedding and one of its most hardworking products is the luxury duck down all seasons duvet. Truly versatile, with this product you actually get two duvets in one. 

    It comprises of both the 4.5 tog and 9 tog duvet, which are carefully fastened together with tiny buttons, so you can just shed one half of the duvet when you get too warm.

    It’s stuffed with 90% premium duck down and 10% lightweight duck feather so it’s a great mix between warm and snuggly, while not being too heavy. Plus, it’s encased in 100% cotton percale so that it’s breathable.

    Shop luxury duck down all seasons duvet at Dusk, £153.30 (was £219)

  • Simba Hybrid Luxe Mattress

    Simba mattress
    Simba mattress

    Simba is a leading sleep brand and if you’re looking for some seriously good products to aid your sleep, this is the place to start. 

    The hybrid luxe mattress is the brand’s newest and best offering, comprising 10 specially designed layers to see you through the seasons.

    While the bottom layers are all about support with features such as a high carbon steel spring comfort layer, the top layers concentrate on breathability and targeting warmer weather. Think three tiers of 6,000 titanium Aerocoil springs to deliver airflow and bamboo wool for temperature and moisture control.

    Shop hybrid luxe mattress at Simba, £1,331 (was £1,799)

  • Secret Linen Store 100% linen bedding

    Secret Linen Store bedding
    Secret Linen Store bedding

    Linen is a brilliant all-rounder when it comes to picking the right bed linen fabric for transitioning seasons and there’s nowhere better to stock up than the Secret Linen Store.

    Secret Linen Store uses 100% linen made from a special fine flax blend which is soft to the touch and helps regulate your body temperature throughout the night, making sure you have the best night’s sleep possible.

    It also looks gorgeous, with a washed finish that’s soft and casual but still luxurious. We love the Mabel blush pink pattern pictured here but Secret Linen Store has so many colours to choose from that checking out the full selection online is a must.

    Shop Mabel blush pink 100% linen bed linen at Secret Linen Store, from £22

  • Dusk pair of supreme goose down pillows

    Dusk pillows

    As a big player in the bedding industry, Dusk has a range of soft and supportive pillows, but our favourite is this pair of supreme goose down pillows. 

    Just like nodding off on a cloud, they are plump with goose down and feather fill to cushion your head and neck and give support to all kinds of sleepers.

    Plus, they are encased within a breathable cotton percale which is handy for balmier nights.

    Shop pair of supreme goose down pillows at Dusk, £81 (was £135)

  • Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 Wake up to Daylight SAD Light

    Struggling to wake up? This bodyclock alarm could help.

    Jolting awake to a jarring alarm isn’t anybody’s idea of a good end to a night’s sleep. While alarm sounds can be pretty awful all year round, they are arguably more intrusive in winter when many of us find it especially hard to open our eyes.

    In the earliest months of the year it can fail to get light outside until 8am, which means that waking up before this time can feel unnatural and leave us experiencing grogginess.

    Alarms that use light to wake us up instead of sound mimic a natural sunrise to make that transition easier, and because they gradually light up the room there’s no jolting feeling, either,

    The Bodyclock Glow 150 from Lumie is a Class 1 graded medical device that is designed to help you reset your internal clock and the daily cycle of hormones, metabolism and sleep in a comfortable, natural way. Once you have set your final wake-up time, the alarm’s light will start 45 minutes before and wake you gradually, turning from red to orange and then yellow like a real sunrise. 

    Lumie says that this approach is proven to boost mood, energy levels and productivity and that this product is recommended for SAD and winter blues sufferers.

    Shop Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 Wake up to Daylight SAD Light at John Lewis, £99

  • Control the temperature in your bedroom

    Try and achieve the optimal temperature in your bedroom.

    When temperatures drops we tend to compensate by turning up the heating, but this might not always be the best idea. 

    While it’s important that your bedroom is not too cold, environments that are too hot can be more disruptive to your sleep. In addition, artificial heating produces hot, dry air and this can lead to dehydration and dry out your mucus membranes, reducing your ability to fight infections which may disturb your sleep. If you have your heating on at night you may wake with a dry mouth or feeling thirsty and then not be able to return to sleep.

    Aim for a cool bedroom in the range of 16-18°C as this is the optimum temperature level for sleep. Turn your heating off at night and use duvets, blankets and bed linen made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool as these will regulate your body temperature more efficiently than manmade fibres.

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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.

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