Top Tips For Sleeping In A Heatwave

As we brace ourselves here in the UK for a hot days, we are getting the paddling pool prepared, water squirters are at the ready, drinks are in the freezer, sun cream is applied….let the fun commence!!

We don’t often experience heatwaves here, but when we do it can really change our sleeping patterns. We for one had an uncomfortable game of musical beds last night, our youngest really struggled to settle in the heat.

So during all of these moments of fun, it’s worth considering prepping the home for this evenings sleep!

As featured in an article on the BBC, here are some top tips for sleeping better in a heatwave as suggested by Prof Kevin Morgan, former director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University, and Lisa Artis of the Sleep Council.

Tip 1

During the daytime, draw all of your blinds and close the curtains to keep the sun out. Keep the hot air out of your home by closing the windows on the sunny side of your house. Once the sun has gone down, open all of the windows to let in a breeze.

Tip 2

During this weather it’s often tempting to wave goodbye to any routines you may have. It’s advisable not to change your little ones bedtime hour too much as this can really disrupt sleep.

Tip 3

Stay hydrated! Drink loads of water, but not too much just before bedtime.

Tip 4

Replace your duvet cover with thin sheets as they will absorb the heat. Keep your duvet handy though in case you wake up cold!

Tip 5

Use a fan!! If you don’t have one, fill up a water bottle with icy cold water.

I hope you find these tips useful!! Read the full article here for further suggestions: http:// https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49072212

Have fun in the sun, everyone!

Carly

Lip-Smacking Lockdown Lemonade

So, during these worrying of times, we’re back with a lip-smacking bang to keep the kids thirst kept at bay. This really is a treat in our house, not for the every day but a recipe the children love to make on sunny days.

Inspired by Allegra McEvedy who has written a cookbook inspired by the stories of Enid Blyton, why not give the kids a lesson on the art of making Lemonade? It really is so simple and I can promise the results are totally worth it! My kids delight in reading out and copying down the ingredients and method, the measuring and weighing and the jolly good shaking!!! Most of all, they love the outcome and it certainly quenched our thirst during these warm days in the Uk. Let’s get going!

Ingredients;

3 lemons

2 limes

100g caster sugar

Method;

Start off by quartering the fruits and then let the kids squeeze out the juices into a jug. You should end up with about 150-200ml of juice. Place the skins to one side.

Next up, place the juice into a jar, add the sugar and 250ml water. Place the lid on top and get the kids to give it all a good old shake until the sugar dissolves.

Add 1 litre of cold water and the squeezed out lemon and lime skins. Give it all a jolly good stir!! Add ice and Enjoy!!!

Let’s Talk Prosecco

Here at Mums In Real Life we love a good hack, and yesterday we were introduced to this one. How this has escaped us so far, we don’t know!

Have you ever opened a bottle of fizz only for it to go flat once back in the fridge? We have, but no longer!

Simply place a spoon into the neck of the bottle and pop the bottle back into the fridge. The bubbles will remain! Voila!

Do you have any handy hacks you can share? Please do let us know, we always love hearing from you X