The heatwave has parents driving up to 50 miles to ensure children sleep

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THE heatwave has parents driving up to 50 miles with air con on blast to ensure children get sleep.

New research, conducted by heycar, has revealed that due to a lack of air-conditioned homes, parents have resorted to making full use of the function in their cars to make sure their children get some shut eye.

The need for a cold temperature has led to one in five parents opting for a controlled environment such as a car to ensure their children get a good night’s sleep.

Parents have resorted to making full use of their air conditioned cars to make sure their children get a good night's sleep - UK News
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Parents have resorted to making full use of their air conditioned cars to make sure their children get a good night’s sleep.

The findings of the study revealed that a quarter of young parents are regularly travelling up to 20 miles, while one in ten will embark on a 50-mile journey if it means their children will get some sleep.

A drop in the temperature of the body in the evening is a vital part of the natural sleep cycle for humans due to daylight fading which sends signals to the brain to release melatonin which makes us sleepy.

The reduction in temperature is significant in ensuring we get a restful sleep, this has been disrupted by the heatwave the UK are currently experiencing.

A drop in the temperature of the body in the evening is a vital part of the natural sleep cycle - UK News
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A drop in the temperature of the body in the evening is a vital part of the natural sleep cycle.

Vik Barodia, chief operating and product officer at heycar, said: “As we’re getting closer to peak summer, heatwaves are becoming commonplace and we’re seeing families driven to their cars to battle the heat at bedtime. What better way to cool the kids down than to put them in the carseat and take them on a soothing air-conditioned drive, soundtracked by lullabies.

“Comfort can really make or break the bedtime drive though, and as a parent with three kids myself, I know from first-hand experience how difficult choosing the right car seat can be.

“With so many makes and models – it’s a real challenge to identify which car seat is the right one to ensure your little ones are as safe and comfortable as they can be. The information parents need to feel reassured shouldn’t be something they have to spend a long time looking for.

“With the heycar car seat chooser, we want to take away the hassle, provide peace of mind and leave families free to enjoy a summer of hitting the road whether to explore new places, meet friends and family or to just get the kids off to sleep in the sweltering heat.”