5 hacks to help you sleep in the heat
Welcome to British summer. It’s been cloudy for weeks, and now the sun has made an appearance to “bless” us with a heatwave. With temperatures predicted to soar to over 33 degrees tomorrow, getting to sleep without aircon or a fan is going to be seriously difficult! Plus, sleeping with a fan on isn’t great for your health.
So, we’ve got 5 tips to share with you to help you get the most restful night’s sleep possible.
CHILL YOUR BEDDING
It may sound strange but shoving your bedsheets and pillowcase in the freezer for up to an hour before bed can make for a much cooler and more pleasant night’s sleep. Just be sure to pop everything into a tote bag before putting it in the freezer to reduce risk of a princess and the pea type situation.
ENJOY YOUR FAVOURITE HOT DRINK
This will feel counterintuitive, but having a hot drink before bed is much more effective than downing a glass of ice-cold water. The perfect excuse for a hot chocolate before bed.
KEEP THE HEAT OUT
Before you leave for work in the morning, make sure that the curtains throughout your home, not just in your bedroom, are closed. The optimum temperature for good sleep is 16-18C, so keeping the sun out during the day will help keep rooms cool so that you don’t return home to a sauna.
Take 5 minutes to have a cool shower before bed. Reducing the temperature of the skin, and your body temperature, will help you to drift off to sleep more quickly. Alternatively, try running your wrists under cold water for a few minutes. This will help to cool your blood circulation so that you feel a lot more comfortable when you get into bed.
OPT FOR COTTON
Ditch the polyester and sleep in your favourite cotton pyjamas. The breathable material allows the heat from your body to escape and any sweat will evaporate during the night so that you wake up feeling refreshed.