The Sleep Council temp-300x225 Keep Cool In Bed  We’ve enjoyed a rare run of warm days recently (and trust me, I’m not complaining!) but with warm sunny days, we get muggy, sweaty nights.

If you’re like me, warm nights are a struggle. I get restless, uncomfortable and I’m always throwing the bed clothes off me only to pull them back on when I feel a bit chilly.

So for those who need some ideas on how to keep cool in bed I thought I would share some of my top tips below.

• Open windows – and doors – to create a draught.

• Keep curtains or blinds drawn during the day to keep the sun out.

• If you’ve got an attic, try opening the hatch. Hot air rises and this will give it somewhere to go.

• Get rid of the duvet and blankets – just use a cotton sheet. Or a duvet with a low tog rating.

• Wear light cotton nightwear. This is actually better than wearing nothing at all as natural fabric will absorb any perspiration.

• Have a cool shower or bath before bedtime to lower your core body temperature.

• Drink plenty of cold water during the evening and keep a glass by the bed.

• Avoid too much caffeine, alcohol or a big meal. They can all make you feel hot and steamy in the middle of the night through dehydration and over-active digestion.

• Put a hot water bottle filled with ice cold water in bed.

• Cool a pillow case in the fridge before bedtime.

• Use an electric fan – the remedy for 20% of people. If it’s really hot, put a tray of ice and a little water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more.

• Invest in an air conditioning unit.

• Next time you buy a new bed, look out for one that incorporates new temperature regulating technology. And, if you share a bed, make sure it’s big enough for two people – there’s nothing worse than having two sweaty bodies sticking to each other!

Do you sleep well in warm weather? Have you got any other good ‘cooling’ tips that you want to share?

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