It's too hot to sleep!

Having trouble sleeping in the hot weather?

By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
June 7, 2013, 3:41 pm
It's too hot to sleep!

Having trouble sleeping in the hot weather?

As Britain enjoys a rare run of warm days and the hope of a hot weekend, The Sleep Council offers some timely advice on how to get a good night’s sleep in the heat.

  • 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.
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