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Sleeping well in summer

Tips for light evenings / mornings

The obvious thing to do would be to get darker curtains, but that isn’t always feasible, so try keeping an eye mask next to your bed to pop on when trying to get to sleep, and again in the morning if the bright light wakes you too early.

If you have trouble getting to sleep, milky night time drinks really can help you nod off – just check that they aren’t loaded with sugar and caffeine.

Chamomile tea is also great before bed. It contains properties that aid sleep and digestion.

As long as you don’t suffer from hay fever then keep your room well ventilated with your windows open while you sleep – maximum sleepiness occurs when your body temperature is at its lowest.

Try to avoid stimulants such as caffeine, having a large meal and vigorous exercise 3 -4 hours before going to bed.

14 cleaver ideas for sleeping in the hot weather

1. Cotton sheets

Sheets made of lightweight cotton are breathable and excellent for ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.

2. Cold showers

Rinsing off under a stream of cold water brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean. Go as cold as you dare!

3. Cool your sheets

Wrap your sheets in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. It won’t keep you cool all night but will help provide a brief period of relief.

4. Cold water bottles

Fill a hot water bottle with cold water and put in in the freezer to create a bed friendly ice pack.

5. Get loose

If you cant face being naked at night choose a loose cotton shirt, shorts or underwear to stay as cool as possible.

6. Cool air

Position a shallow bowl or pan full of ice in front of your fan, the breeze will pick up cold water from the ices surface as it melts creating a cooling mist.

7. Pulse points

Try running your wrists under the cold water tap before getting into bed at night. Apply ice packs to pulse points on the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees. Or try soaking your feet in cold water.

8. Sleep alone

Good news for singles! Sleeping alone is way better for staying cool.

9. Water

Drink a glass of water before bed. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some H20 in the tank beforehand.

10. Move your mattress

Drastic times call for drastic measures. Hot air rises, so consider moving your bed or mattress to the lower floor (if you live in a house) or on to the floor.

11. Turn off the lights

Summer means it stays light longer. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible, and keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally or not at all.

12. Hang out

Cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the room’s temperature.

13. Stay away from the oven

Avoid cooking hot foods in kitchen, making you and your home even hotter. Stick to quick and easy salads.

14. Sleep al fresco

If you have a safe outdoor space take advantage of it by practicing your camping skills and sleeping in a tent



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