In the video Founder and President of Clean ‘n Dry LLC, Matthew Richerzhagen, shares the first of their 6 core values that the company has leveraged to become the Premiere Provider of Cleaning Services in the Valley by Providing the Most Outstanding Service Experience Possible. The first value is Positive Attitude. Each team member at Clean ‘n Dry believes that it’s better to face life with positive energy and enthusiasm. Ten percent of life is what happens to you and the other 90% is how you respond.
Last Saturday when the weather was so nice, we drove our trucks out and washed our shop floor. Over the winter things get pretty nasty around here with all the road grime and snow. We washed the floor and squeegeed it out the door. It reminds me of a quote from John Wooden, Don’t let what you can’t do, keep you from doing what you can. It was a nice day, it needed done, we took care of it. What do you need to accomplish today?
A Cool Night’s Rest in the Heat of Summer
Did you know that sleep experts recommend that you keep your bedroom in the low- to mid-60s to facilitate the best possible sleep throughout the night? The ideal sleep situation shouldn’t be too cold or warm while remaining dark and quiet. However, this can become difficult in the summer when skyrocketing temperatures (and air conditioning bills) make it tough to keep your house cool throughout the night. Here are some tricks to help you get a good night’s rest, even on hot summer nights.
Why Does Heat Make It More Difficult to Sleep?
On the most basic level, there are two causes for an overly hot bedroom — the actual temperature (or “dry heat”) and the humidity (the level of moisture in the air). While a high temperature by itself may be uncomfortable, the humidity is what makes a hot day particularly bad, because high moisture levels make it difficult for sweat to evaporate. The evaporation of sweat is one of the body’s natural cooling processes; so, when it’s inhibited by high humidity, the excess moisture leads to that slickly sticky feeling, which is particularly frustrating when you’re trying to sleep. One of the simplest ways to overcome this is to use a fan. Fans move air around the room and your body, increasing the chances of evaporation. If the humidity is still a problem, buy a dehumidifier to regulate the moisture in the air.
Regulate Heat Throughout the Day
You can control the buildup of heat throughout the day by carefully using curtains and open windows. Keep your blinds and curtains closed when the sun is pointed in their direction, but if it’s windy, open up windows on the opposite side to let air circulate. Be sure to monitor the situation as the sun moves across the sky so that the house’s temperature can remain balanced. Just like a windshield screen in a car helps to prevent the interior from overheating after a hot day, so do curtains help stop your house from becoming an oven.
Use Sheets Made of Natural Materials
You can expedite the process by carefully choosing your sleeping situation. Start by swapping out nylon sheets, which trap heat, for thin cotton or bamboo sheets, which are great for moisture wicking and temperature control. Also, innerspring mattresses with foam padding and memory foam mattresses tend to retain heat more than latex mattresses, and these natural tendencies are exacerbated when soft, thick foam mattress toppers are added. Choosing a mattress with a breathable cover will do wonders toward cooling down your night’s sleep. If you live in a part of the world with significant variability between seasons, get a mattress made of natural materials, which tend to be better at balancing temperatures and moisture wicking than synthetic materials. Finally, ditch any excess bedding in favor of a single lightweight sheet — bedspreads and quilts have no place on your bed in the summer.
Make Small Adjustments
Sometimes, small adjustments are all that are needed to help improve your sleep on hot nights. For instance, try sleeping with your bare feet exposed, out of the sheets. The feet and ankles have special vascular structures that help to regulate heat loss. Similarly, just like a loose, lightweight sheet helps to foster sleep, loose, lightweight bedclothes will allow for more temperature regulation than tight or thick clothes. Make sure your bedclothes are breathable, too.
Maintain Your HVAC System
You should also be sure to maintain your HVAC so it can keep you cool at night. Change out your filters about every three months (or less if you have children or pets), and be sure to get your HVAC system inspected once a year. Finally, make sure your window and outdoor air conditioning units are free of leaves and other debris.
Hot nights often are unbearable, but by monitoring the heat throughout the day, keeping your systems up to date, and creating a breeze in your bedroom, you can help cool your room down enough to get some sleep.
Here I am with my right hand man Oscar and his IICRC Upholstery certification. He took an IICRC Hands on Upholstery Cleaning Class earlier this spring in Seattle and just received his certification. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the governing body for the cleaning industry worldwide. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Way to Oscar! Each one of my people I love, admire, and respect.
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Zig Ziglar tells the story of a woman who called and asked if he would meet with her and help her with her problems at work. He told her that he wasn’t a counselor but that he would meet with her. They met behind the stage, shortly before Ziglar was to speak. She was full of negative emotions. She told him, I hate those people at work, I don’t like my job, I don’t like the people, I don’t like anything. He told her he could help her if she was willing. He told her to get out a piece of paper and write down all the things she liked about her job. She didn’t move. He told her, if you aren’t willing to work on this it has been a pleasure this interview is over. She reluctantly got out a piece of paper. He asked for a list of things she liked about her job. She said, that’s easy I don’t like nothing about my job. He asked, do they pay you for working there? From there they found a number of other things that were really nice about her job. He said what I want you to do is take this paper and tonight before you go to bed, stand in front of the mirror and read the list saying I like my job because and list reason one. Then say I like my job because and list reason two. Go all the way down the list. In the morning repeat the process and take the paper with you because you will find other things you like to add to your list. Six weeks later, Zig was back in Birmingham doing a follow up seminar on sales and this dear lady was sitting in the front row. She was smiling so big she could have eaten a banana sideways. She ran up to him afterwards, Mr Ziglar, Mr Ziglar, you won’t believe it all the people at work have changed. He didn’t have the heart to tell her that it was her that had changed.
Gratitude with literally change your life if you are willing to follow this same simple procedure.