Muggy, oppressive heat might be bearable in the day but come night time, it can spell a bad night’s sleep for many of us.
So we asked Sealy UK sleep expert Neil Robinson on how to beat the heat for bedtime:
Cool your sheets – Throwing your bedding in the fridge/freezer for 10 minutes gives much needed relief to the heat. Just make sure your fridge is clean, bed sheets and butter don’t work! If you’re pushed for space, then just cool your pillow case.
Sleep solo – The heat doesn’t have mercy for anyone, loving couples included. If the heat is unbearable then spending the night in different beds can help you stay cool.
Create a fan ‘cross flow’ – Opening a window and positioning a fan alongside it can help create a cooling flow throughout the room. Marvel in your engineering triumph while falling asleep in cool bliss.
Take a cold shower – A cold shower will cool you down right before bed. If you can’t bear going for cold, then go for lukewarm water; it will still have a cooling affect.
Floor fan – An underrated investment for the summer months – a simple floor fan maintains a cool breeze in your bedroom. Make sure you buy well, however; quality fans will use minimal electricity and will operate almost silently.
Sheets not duvets – Get your head around duvet tog ratings. The higher the tog rating, the warmer a duvet is. 2.5 – 7 tog is ideal for spring and summer while 10.5 – 13.5 tog is ideal for autumn and winter.
Cold press your pulse points – The pulse points on your body can cool the rest of you effectively. Place a cold flannel or ice cubes in a plastic bag on your wrists and neck and you’ll be surprised by the effectiveness.
No alcohol – Dehydrating yourself before sleep on a hot night isn’t the best decision, obviously. Stay away from the drink to heighten your chances of sleep during a heat wave.