We all love a bit of sunshine – until it comes to getting to sleep.
Nights can often feel long, tossing and turning in bed while trying to find a cool bit of a pillow to rest our heads.
The optimal bedroom temperature for sleeping is between 16°C and 21°C, but our brains need to be slightly cooler than the rest of our body.
So here’s some tips on getting a good night’s sleep when the temperature rises:
1. Common sense things like keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps the heat out.
2. Fill a hot water bottle with iced water. You can also fill a hot water bottle with cool water, freeze it and take it to bed with you.
3. Moisturise before bed with aftersun that’s been kept in the fridge.
4. Take a cool glass of iced water to bed to take sips of.
5. Wear cotton pyjamas and put thin, pure cotton sheets on your bed.
6. Exercise in the morning rather than evening to stop your body getting too hot.
7. Keep your evening shower tepid to lower your body temperature.
8. Turn off all electrical devices in the bedroom as these emit heat.
9. Switch off plug sockets too.
10. Keep your feet cool, either by keeping them outside the covers or resting on an ice pack.
11. Drink water regularly during the day, but not too much at night. Half a pint before bed will be enough to keep you hydrated and prevent you from having to get up and go to the loo.
12. Rinse your wrists and feet with cold water before getting into bed.
13. Place a wet flannel in the fridge for an hour or so before you go to bed, and rest this on your forehead as you drift off.