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Cooler Space & Better Sleep: Bloc Blog
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Text Content: Whether you’ve got hands as cold as ice, or your body runs hotter than a desert, we have all been feeling the soaring temperatures this week. Here at Bloc, we are lucky to have good air-con throughout our offices to help keep our busy minds and heavy lifters functioning during this heatwave. But what about when you are back at home? Being a human in 2021 involves spending quite a lot of time indoors, and it can be hard to beat the heat on days like these and still squeeze in a good night’s sleep. So let’s talk about it! We have compiled a shortlist of our favourite heat-survival techniques, empowering you to control your climate and sleep well at night. You can thank us when the usual UK weather returns…
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Sub-header (optional): 1. Close your sun-facing blinds to beat the heat
Text Content: Did you know that simply closing your sun-facing blinds during the day will help keep your space cool? Our first instinct on these hot days is to open the blinds wide and let the outside in. However, you are essentially transforming your home into a greenhouse by doing so. Not so cool! We recommend that you keep your sun-facing blinds and windows closed throughout the day. This helps to deflect the solar rays and keep the heat out.
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Sub-header (optional): 2. Open them back up when getting ready to sleep
Text Content: After the sun has set and you're winding down for bed, open the windows back up to let a breeze through your house. This helps freshen the air and dispel any lingering heat. Doing this after sunset synchronises with your circadian rhythm by helping to cool you down at the end of the day. Dimming the lights and opening the windows is going to kickstart your brain’s release of melatonin into the body. This induces feelings of tiredness and relaxation that prepare you for sleep. Now that is cool! Want to learn more about how to fall asleep faster and better? Read our article HERE.
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Sub-header (optional): 3. Avoid taking that afternoon nap – as tempting as it may be!
Text Content: Hot days like these can encourage feelings of drowsiness and tiredness, especially peaking in the afternoon and early evening. This is because your body has spent more energy than usual on trying to keep cool. You may notice this as redder than usual skin as your blood vessels move more blood closer to the skins surface to cool it down. Alternatively, the patchy armpits may be a more obvious giveaway that your body is working hard to stay cool. This all results in feelings of tiredness. As tempted as you may be to kick off your shoes and lie on the sofa, we recommend you power on through and avoid temptation. Remember your circadian rhythm we mentioned above? Napping can interrupt this and make you feel restless at bedtime. This is especially annoying during hot weather! Our advice, save that drowsy feeling for bedtime.
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Sub-header (optional): 4. Pick up some house plants
Text Content: Throughout the past year and a half, house plants have really had their moment in the sun and we can’t deny that they have made our homes happier! Beyond boosting your mood, house plants have been proven to keep your house cool. This is because our green friends act as natural air conditioners, sending moisture into the atmosphere via transpiration. So as well as looking good, they help you feel good too both physically and mentally. Just don’t forget to water them, their home cooling properties are known to diminish when they die…
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Sub-header (optional): 5. Get some blackout blinds (from Bloc)
Text Content: Blackout blinds are also known as thermal blinds, and for good reason! They minimise the heating effect of incoming solar radiation during the day by reflecting much of it away, regulating our home climate (see point one!) After the sun goes down, the added benefit of blackout blinds becomes clear.

The presence of sunlight long after sunset can interrupt your sleep significantly. Too much light at night prevents our body from winding down. This is compounded by extra heat in your space caused by too much sunlight earlier in the day. By the morning, too much sunlight early in the day triggers our circadian rhythm to believe it is time to wake up long before we need to. It is far from a comfortable situation, and it can make getting a full night’s sleep difficult. Therefore, we recommend installing blackout blinds where you need them most. This is quite lucky for you as we just so happen to supply a Red Dot Award winning line of BlocOut Blackout blinds. Click HERE to see why it has been internationally recognised for its unrivalled levels of darkness and indoor climate improving qualities.