Top Tips To Sleep Well in Hot Weather

It’s that time of year again, the weather is finally start to warm up, the mornings are lighter, days are longer and struggling to sleep is a battle for millions of us.

Leading sleep expert, yes this is a actually career option,  James Wilson AKA The Sleep Geek(see above). He is a trained Sleep Practitioner, working with individuals on a one-on-one basis to improve their relationship and experience with sleep. Additionally, James specializes as a Sleep Educator, working with organisations such as Coca Cola and the NHS, as well as within the sport sector with the likes of SportsAid and Sheffield United. 

He is a passionate advocate for poor sleepers, raising awareness of the impact of poor sleep and debunking commons myths. His approach is based on helping those who sleep poorly to understand the simple science behind sleep, and how to apply this and sleep soundly.

He has debunked common sleep myths to stay cool as well as providing his top tips for staying cool in the night, for example, Don’t Put Your Duvet In The Freezer

You will see people advising you to put your duvet, your pillow and your bedding in the freezer. The idea is that it will make them nice and cold when you get into bed. You will be cold, and that cold will be a shock, so your body will try and heat up, which is exactly what we don’t want to happen, as a drop in core temperature is a fundamental part of the process of falling asleep and staying asleep. The other issue is you will end up with a soggy bed. A duvet, some bedding or a pillow that has been in the freezer, will actually melt and as that frozen moisture turns into liquid, well, it could be embarrassing in the morning explaining why your bed is so wet!

7 Tips to Stay Cool in this Hot Weather

Windows

 During the day open windows on either side of the house. Get a nice airflow through and when direct sunlight is on a room ensure the blinds or curtains are closed.

Bath

Have a warm bath or shower in the hour before bed, as this will slightly raise your core temperature and as you get out of the bath or shower your temperature will drop, which helps you feel sleepy.

Hot Water Bottle

Another great tip with a similar theme is to fill a hot water bottle with lukewarm water and place your bare feet on it. As above it will raise your core temperature slightly and then it drops, helping your body prepare for sleep.

Your Mattress Material

Your mattress could be adding to you struggling to sleep in the heat. A mattress made of a solid block of foam or latex, is going to make you warmer, and for many people even a foam topper can make them too hot for sleep. I find springs the best option for temperature regulation, and on some occasions, filling made of natural materials like wool or silk can help.

Separate Duvet/Sheet

A tip that is a real winner when it comes to helping us sleep cooler is to have a separate duvet or sheets from your partner. Sharing a duvet with a partner means that as well as your body heat you are also getting theirs as well, which can make you hotter and hotter. We also often have different temperature needs to the person we share a bed with, with maybe us being a hot sleeper with them wanting to be nice and cosy. In this case the cold sleeper can have a duvet while the hot sleeper could make do with a sheet, maybe made of Bamboo.

Materials Your Bedding is Made With

Think about the materials your bedding and duvet is made from. We often perceive that high thread count cotton bedding is luxurious and cool, but actually, the higher the thread count, the less airflow cotton bedding gives, meaning something like Egyptian cotton is not the best material in the summer. Try something like Bamboo, or a man-made fibre like SteadyBody to help your body breathe.

Mindset

I find the biggest issue many of us face when it comes to sleeping in hot weather is our mindset. We convince ourselves that it is just too hot and that we won’t sleep tonight. This then leads onto how awful it will be tomorrow if we don’t sleep tonight and before you know you have caused your heart rate to rise and you have talked yourself into sleeping poorly. My advice is not to worry too much about it. We live in the UK, at some point the weather will break and it will cool down again. Until then just try and get the best sleep you can.

The ULTIMATE Father’s Day gift guide in association with Harry’s

This Sunday, yes this Sunday is Father’s Day, yes Dad, Papa, Pops, Him, whatever guise he goes as, it’s his day. The one day of year set aside to celebrate those hard working, long suffering, patient, ever ready Fathers, what, is that just describing me ? We at Clothes-Make-the-Man have worked tirelessly with those genius people over at Harry’s to bring you the, now, ultimate Father’s Day gift guide 2021. Enjoy and look after one and other.

Keeping it simple and supporting the world at the same time with the One World Tee from Supreme’s and their collab with The North Face. The two giants decided all profits of the Tees would go towards coronavirus relief efforts.

No matter what he says, Dads love a scented Candle, OK not Lily of the Valley or Forest Fern, maybe but we have a great one for all Dads. Inspired by Harry’s best selling shower essentials.  Like Harry’s, Joya’s handcrafted scented candles makes quality products and welcomes adventurous, out-of-the-box thinking—hence their inspired, super sniffable scents. These limited edition cotton wick candles are made from a domestic, non-GMO soy wax blend. Available in Harry’s four signature shower scents: Redwood, Shiso, Stone, and Fig. 

 

Surely every Dad loves Taskmaster and now he can get his hands on the Board Game from Smyths Based on the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 TV show hosted by the mountainous Greg Davies and his assistant Little Alex Horne, Taskmaster the Board Game brings the very essence of this popular show to the whole family. With a series of ludicrous tasks find out who will be crowned Taskmaster Champion.

Ohhhh go on spoil him ! This Inverted classic, the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Classic Green turns the beloved silhouette on its head, taking a versatile monochrome palette and adding a twist.

Starting off in true dunk fashion, this sneaker sports a stealthy base of fresh white leather overlaid with stealthy black panel.

Now did you know Bees are responsible for pollenating about 80% of wildflowers which keeps our countryside, gardens and woodlands beautiful – but with loss of habitat, food source and climate change, they need our help. That’s why this great bee house from Fatface is the perfect addition to any garden or outside space. Bringing nature to you and giving them a place to rest, so they can carry on doing their amazing work for the environment.

 

Why not treat your dad to the Dad’s Rock Tour from The Rock Cab. Stephen Channell, your Rock and Roll cabbie, will transport you to key music destinations around London from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. He will chauffeur you and your family around the sights and shrines to rock music legends. How cool ! 

No matter where you are, Snow Peak’s ‘Field Coffee Master’ set makes brewing the perfect cup of joe a possibility. Cast from stainless steel that’s light enough to carry in a backpack, it comes with a stand, cone and kettle sized to make four mugs at a time and can be used with both percolator and pour-over methods.

Remember socks don’t have to be boring ! The Sock Butler is a monthly subscription for every personality. Offering a wide range of cotton and bamboo, based styles. The Sock Butler provide fresh new socks every month, direct to your front door. Plus, for an extra special touch, the Sock Butler, also offers personalised monogramming service.

It goes without saying that you should always be prepared, which is why having a proper first aid kit is simply a must. Best Made Company’s version includes everything you need to handle minor cuts and scrapes to more pressing injuries, and is housed in a powder-coated steel tin. Since it’s so smartly designed, you certainly won’t mind displaying it on your wall.

Treat Dad to a luxurious feast with our Ultimate Gourmet Hamper. They’ll enjoy a selection of Our Best Ever favourites, from smoked salmon pate to pork pies, accompanied with savoury biscuits, hand cooked crisps and bottle of Prosecco and Bordeaux

 

In honour of the big man, Jamesons have brought you something even bigger to mark the occasion: Jameson Black Barrel Cask Strength ‘Dad Edition’. Poured by their masters in Midleton, and personalised with your Dad’s name and yours handwritten on the label.

Jameson Black Barrel began life when their masters carefully selected a high proportion of pot still whiskey and a small batch grain whiskey of which a proportion had been matured in double flame charred American bourbon barrels. As the whiskey matures, it develops intense aromatic notes of charred wood, deep spices and exotic fruit to create the rich and unmistakably smooth Jameson Black Barrel.

 

Last, but by no means least ! We have the Winston Razor Set from Harry’s. Everything you need for a close, comfortable shave: sharp, durable blades, a flex hinge, a lubricating strip, and a precision trimmer for your sideburn and hard-to-reach places like under your nose.  Make it personal and engrave it. 

 

 

 

 

The brand you need to know for Summer 2021 – BIODERMA

As a brand BIODERMA revolves around the study of healthy skin and its cells and imbalances. The skin speaks its own language and BIODERMA tirelessly seeks to understand it. It’s approach involves reactivating the skin’s natural resources to help it resists and recovers its normal functions, which are those found in healthy skin.

Working alongside healthcare professionals from across the globe, their products are designed to preserve healthy skin and provide tailored responses suited to every disfunction.  Reactive skin, dry to atopic skin, acne-prone skin… They help all skin types to strengthen themselves, whatever their sensitivity or environment.

Depending on the skin concerns, their products preserve, activate or restore the skin’s natural processes.

Some of the key Hero products within the wider range, and personal favourites of ours include;

Atoderm Shower Oil

Formulated to protect your skin’s natural barrier, the Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Anti-Irritation Shower Oil protects your skin from external aggressors, whilst gently cleansing an over-sensitised, dry, chapped skin.

Made with an exclusive formula of vegetal biolipids that create a defensive barrier over your skin, whilst soothing any tightness, the shower oil has added vitamin PP that creates lipid synthesis to reconstruct the skin’s barrier and reveal a calmed, soft touch to your skin.

Atoderm SOS Spray

The Bioderma Atoderm SOS Spray offers a ground-breaking solution to those who suffer from very dry to atopic, sensitive skin. Designed to instantly refresh and soothe thanks to an anti-itch technology, the hydrating milky formula strengthens the skin’s barrier which in turn reduces the urge to scratch for up to 6 hours.

Atoderm Cream 

The Atoderm cream moistens the skin with anti-dehydrating agents, which hold water in the upper layers of the skin and stops it from evaporating. The skin becomes well-moisturised, and is better able to curb the penetration of irritant elements.

Daydream believer – Percival X Champion

Percival, the Great British Menswear brand, known for combining a quintessentially British sense of understated style and rare, internationally sourced fabrics and materials. Signature styles include the Pea Coat, Wax Mac, Sheepskin Whitley and custom prints. Who’s ever increasing celebrity fan club include David Beckham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rick Edwards, Jim Chapman, Alex Turner & Matt Helders.

Have teamed up with, the equally iconic, US-based athleisure and heraldic brand, Champion. Champion’s distinct brand image, which dates back to 1919, is defined by an American athletic heritage and a reputation for providing innovative and durable products. This is epitomized by the classic Reverse Weave sweatshirt that since its introduction in 1934 has helped to establish Champion globally as the definitive and original Sweatshirt Brand. For their latest collaborative collection launch, suitably called, “Daydreaming”.

By making in London, Percival is able to drop multiple short runs of product a year, keeping its offering fresh & varied. This Sterling collaborative project, titled “Daydreaming”, sees a limited-edition capsule collection merge Champions iconic silhouettes and styles updated with Percival’s novel and creative embroidery motifs, loosely representing headspace and time alone – a place your mind goes to when you daydream. The collection was created using classic Champion Reverse Weave sweatshirts, hoodies, and t-shirts in various seasonal and neutral tones, from traditional and timeless black to vibrant orange and teal.

Are Sandals the new Sneakers ?

Words by Jimi Williams


As we move into the summer months, out of COVID19 restrictions and towards some warmer weather, consumers are looking for functional footwear that is also stylish. Sandals used to be something your dad wore in the garden, and sliders were just for round the pool on holiday or to put on after 5-a-side because your football boots hurt to walk in. But now, they’re all the rage with brands such as Suicoke, Keen and Merrel offering vast ranges
of casual footwear, alongside pioneers of the field such as Birkenstock and Crocs finally getting some wider recognition from self confessed ‘fashion heads’ and not just your parents. Maybe your dad was always your fashion icon but you just never realised it?!
Here we will go through a selection of the best sandals to choose from this summer. So whether you want mules, sliders, clogs, a classic sandal or something with a bit more of an outdoor feel, we’ve got you covered!
Are Sandals the New Sneakers?

First up with have Suicoke. Founded in 2006, this cult Japanese brand started out making small accessories such as hand painted dolls before moving into the functional footwear market. Each pair features a Vibram outsole for durability and comfort. They have collaborated with some big brands such as Norse Projects, Needles and Neighbourhood. Take a look at our favourite model the KAW-CAB Sandal on foot.
Next is the timeless German brand Birkenstock. The brand’s history can be traced back to 1774, and they’re commited to making orthopedically inspired shoes. The creators of the ‘footbed’, the brand has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most popular footwear brands in the world. Here is our favourite model, the Boston, in collaboration with Stussy.

A fairly new brand, Keen launched in 2003 by asking the question
‘Can a sandal protect your toes?’
and have gone on to grow as a company with values that set them apart from competitors. Within their first year they had gained a reputation for striving for innovation and new posibilities not only within the footwear market but the world in general. The Uneek OG is their most well known silhouette, recently being updated by United Arrows and Beams Plus.
Reebok have been in the trainer game for years with models such as the Club C 85, Workout Plus and the Classic. But more recently the Beatnik has shot up the ranks in terms of Reebok’s best selling shoes. Originally released in 1993 it wasn’t a hit in the US, but became a cult classic in Japan. A 2018 re-issue gave them a new lease of life, as well as iterations by Braindead, Nepenthes and Story mfg. This is the ultimate hybrid sandal.

No article about sandals would be complete without Crocs getting a mention. They are the marmite of the casual shoe world. Some
people have always loved them, some vow to never wear them, but they’re always there in the background. But now celebs are sporting them; Justin Beiber, Pharrell and Questlove have all been spotted rocking them recently. High fashion has had a go at re-inventing them such as Balenciaga back in 2018 and now streetwear is the next trend to take on the Croc. Beams Plus recently released a full on utility ready pair, and upcycling designer Nicole McLaughin has had her take. Looks like they’re going to be this summers big trend, whether you like it or not!