Presenting Ed’s genius bedroom cooling technique!
The flat is on the top, second, floor of an Edwardian house; the bedroom faces due south and therefore gets the full sun for most of the day (and has a flat roof to compound the problem). This does mean that as soon as summer comes along the room can become unbearably hot, with the result that a decent night’s sleep was a much longed for, but generally unreached goal. This resulted in 2 very grumpy people, which is not good.
However, we now think we have found a solution. My father used to call it a hot weather shut up. The important thing is to stop the room getting hot in the first place. To that end, in the morning before the sun gets onto the windows, we add a couple of those reflectors you can get for car windscreens on the outside of the sash windows, before closing the window and drawing the (thick) curtains. The room remains noticeably cooler all day, and makes sleep possible, much to both of our relief.
Car windscreen sunshades are less than £3 each on Amazon. Value is priceless.