With summer fast approaching, it’s easy to get excited about the sun coming out, the barbecues, and the tans, but the hot weather does come with a few potential problems.
One of the biggest problems that comes with summer is the inability to sleep during the night because it’s simply too hot and, with warmth being one of the biggest sleep thieves there is, here are some of the best tricks and tips to help you sleep in the summer months.
Flip the conventions of the hot water bottle on its head and make it a multi-seasonal treat. Fill up your hot water bottle with cold water, put it in the freezer for a few hours, put the cover back on, and take it to bed with you. The compression will last for at least a couple of hours, leaving you with enough time to drift off to sleep in the cool.
Freeze your pyjamas
If you feel like you could fry an egg on your skin, it might be time to get creative with your cooling techniques.; putting your pyjamas in a carrier bag and popping them in the freezer for 20 mins or so might just do the trick. (You could also try freezing your sheets in the same way).
Use cotton sheets
Ditch the satin, silk or polyester sheets and opt for lighter cotton or linen bedding as they’re more breathable materials, offering you more ventilation as you sleep.
Turn off as many sockets as possible
Electric plugs generate a surprising amount of heat, so turn off as many as feasibly possible, you’ll be shocked at how much cooler your room will be.
Sleep low down
It’s a well-known fact that heat rises, so sleeping as low as possible is the best place for you in the heat. This could mean sleeping on the floor or sleeping in a lower down room in the house. Sounds strange but it can definitely help.
Eat earlier in the day
Digesting food raises your body temperature, so don’t eat a large meal in the hours before you go to bed. Instead, try having a bigger lunch and having a lighter snack in the evening.
Up the ante
We all know that having a fan in your bedroom helps to cool you when you are trying to sleep, but what why not up the ante? Put a bucket of iced water below the fan so that it blows even cooler air around the room.
Keep the curtains closed during the day
Keep your curtains drawn during the day ensures that as little warmth as possible gets into your home.
Decrease your body temperature
When your body is preparing to sleep, your temperature drops slightly. When it’s hot outside, signal to your body that it’s time to go to sleep by cooling off with a cold shower. Even if you can’t handle a cold shower, a lukewarm one will still help you to drift off quicker.
Words by sleepypeople.com