Sleep & Work in Heat

7 August 2019

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A good night's sleep leaves us feeling refreshed and fit for the workplace, in summer it can be very difficult to get any quality sleep, resulting in fatigue and struggling to concentrate.

Here's some tips on how to ensure a good night's rest:-

1.  Don't Nap - when it's hot, it's easy to curl up on the sun lounger and have a doze, this has a detrimental impact on the body's ability to have a proper rest during the night.

2.  Cool Houses - keeping blinds or curtains closed during the day helps keep the internal temperature down, open windows in the evening to get as much air flow as possible to reduce the hot air.

3.  Cool Bedding - thin, cotton sheets will help keep the body cool.  Even in hot weather, the body's temperature reduces during the night.

4.  Drink Plenty - water and cool drinks during the day will help keep you hydrated, don't drink too much before bed though.

Reasonable Temperatures in the Workplace

In offices or similar environments, the temperature in workplaces must be reasonable.  There is no law for maximum working temperature or when it’s too hot to work. 

Employers are only legally obliged to keep the temperature at a comfortable level, sometimes known as thermal comfort and provide clean and fresh air.

Employees should talk to their employer if the workplace temperature is not comfortable.

See the HSE Website for more information.