Cool crisp sheets, cold air, blankets and bed socks are a much cosier way to end the day, rather than melting into your bed when it is just too hot.
The ideal temperature for sleep is said to be 17ºC and we saw higher in May, but don’t despair, we have some hints and tips on how to nod off however warm it is.
In the day
If it is hot during the day, use blinds and curtains to keep the sunlight out and close the windows.
Sounds silly, but sun burn only gets worse at night so avoid it at all costs for the sake of your skin and sleep!
We suggest eating your evening meal at least two hours before you got to bed, and try to limit booze before bedtime too. Keep hydrated by drinking water, but don’t overdo it or you’ll keep waking up and needing the loo.
Freeze your bedding
Sounds crazy, but putting your sheets and pillow cases into bags and placing them in your freezer for half an hour before you go to bed, can make a difference. When you take them out, grab some ice cubes for your water too and stay cool all night long.
Go for cotton
Satin, silk and polyester just don’t cut it when it’s warm, so opt for cotton and linen as they are lightweight and breathable. If you’re going to wear PJs, go for cotton with these too as it lets your skin breath and cuts down on sweating and smelling too.
Hit the shower
Rather than washing the day away in a hot bath, have a shower before going to bed and this should help you to cool down. Don’t blast icy water however as this can actually make you more alert and choose a soothing shower gel to relax and calm your mind rather than citrus bursts which can awaken the senses – something you don’t need.
Put the fan on
Fans are great but they can simply mix up the warm air in your bedroom, so put a large bottle of frozen water in front it for an all-night cooling effect.
Put picnic ice packs in the freezer in the morning, and in the evening, take them out, wrap them in a pillowcase and put them in your bed – just like a hot water bottle, but in reverse.
Don’t toss and turn
Getting restless and cross because you can’t sleep will probably only make you hotter and keep you awake for longer. If you can’t sleep, get up, have a glass of water, take a few deep breaths, maybe try a little meditation then when you feel calmer, go back to bed and try again.
Go pill free
The temptation might be to take something to help you sleep but if you can resist that one! If nothing helps, go and see your GP or talk to your pharmacist, but before you know it you will be digging out the electric blanket and looking for your thermals!
Good luck and sleep tight.