It’s July and the weather is getting warmer, so whether you sleep diagonally across the bed or with a partner, you might want to adjust things to be a little more comfortable. I hate to be too warm, so guidelines for warm people first.
Cross draft maybe? Or a fan? Can you have the windows open, and even the curtains open too? I know it depends where you live, but if you’ve lost touch with what you prefer, experiment a little. One person’s idea of heaven: total darkness, total silence – is another person’s claustrophobic nightmare (mine). I want to feel the weather, see the moon and the sun, breathe fresh air.
Don’t wear any more than you have to! There is such lovely flimsy nightwear available so if you prefer to wear it, treat yourself. Discard the duvet, have just a sheet or better still, a Summer Cover. These are a single layer of fabric, in Smooth natural or white sheeting, the St Barts colors, or my favorite Orkney natural (or white). Their advantage is that they have a good three inch hem all round and look more finished than a sheet, especially when the bed is not perfectly made. Nothing could be more simple than flicking it flat and plumping the pillows.
Have water beside your bed, and a lavender sachet by your pillow for its soothing scent.
In some places you just have to use air conditioning, and bless it, but don’t let it dry your skin. I grew up in Australia and we would take several short, cool showers a day in summer, and by short I mean less than a minute, so not to waste water. It can make a huge difference in comfort as you drift off.
Since we all wear less in the heat, it can be challenging to keep a balance between comfort and seemliness. A pinafore is a simple and becoming cover-up, and throws a kindly layer over T-shirts and tank tops, shorts and leggings. You will look smart, cool and appropriate, and you’ll have pockets too!