While high-end temperatures make a welcome debut for us sun-starved Britons, steamy nights and baking bedrooms do little to lull us to sleep. Here are our tips for keeping cool and comfortable in bed.



  • Take the air. Open windows – and doors – to create a draught
  • Lose the duvet and blankets. Just use a cotton sheet, if anything, or a duvet with a low tog rating
  • Slip into something a little more comfortable. Wear light cotton nightwear – or go completely naked
  • Soak up some shower power. There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer night than a deliciously cool shower (or bath) before bedtime
  • Tap into drink. Have plenty of cold water and always keep a glass handy by the bed
  • Try the diet for good dreams. Avoid too much alcohol or a big meal – both can make you hot and steamy in the middle of the night through dehydration and over-active digestion
  • Sleep like a baby. Fill a hot water bottle with ice cold water
  • Don’t be a hothead. Put your pillow case in the fridge before bedtime
  • Breeze through the night. Use an electric fan and put a tray with ice cubes in front of it.
  • Sock it to them. Chill socks in the fridge before bedtime as it will help to lower your core body temperature.
  • Keep some space between you and your partner. Stop snuggling and put some space between you to help stay cool. It helps if you have a big enough bed too! In fact, next time you buy a new bed, make sure it’s big enough for two of you to sleep without disturbing each other: 5ft should be your minimum.

Have you any further tips? We would love to hear them.

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