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
Choose climate control. Invest in an air conditioning unit
Remember bigger is better. 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.
Lisa – The Sleep Council Team