Now the seasons have changed and it’s officially summer, we’ve put together a few tips to help you get a good night’s sleep. As night-time temperatures soar, many a summer night’s dream can turn into a nightmare…
Meteorologists say the number of days where the temperature rises above 25 degrees has consistently increased over the last 100 years, especially in urban areas where housing development is dense and green space is rare. Concreted areas heat up much more quickly and then radiate that heat during the night, so the temperature may only cool a fraction when night falls. Meaning the amount of ‘tropical’ nights – where the thermometer doesn’t fall below 20 degrees – has increased as well.
For everyone who still wants to enjoy a restful night’s sleep in these ‘tropical’ conditions, here’s a list of 8 useful tips to help you sleep cool:
1. Keep the curtains closed
If the sun shines directly into your bedroom during the day, make sure to keep windows and curtains closed during daylight to keep the sun’s heat rays out and then open wide at night so air can circulate.
2. Refresh before bed
Take a luke-warm shower before bed. Don’t shower cold as this will make you sweat rather than cool you down. If you don’t fancy a warm shower or simply don’t have the time or energy, try holding your wrists under cold running water for a little while for a similar cooling effect.
3. Sleep cool
If you’re still feeling too hot and sweaty in your PJs and can’t fall asleep, try dampening a flannel or t-shirt with cold water and cover yourself with it. Or soak a pair of thin cotton socks and wear to bed.
4. Choose the right gear
Your choice of mattress is crucial. The eve mattress has been developed to keep you cool and offer a great night’s sleep.The innovative layering system combines the supportive qualities of memory foam, topped with a cooling, breathable layer of natural latex – perfect for summer nights.
Choosing sheets of natural fabric that don’t retain the heat will also go a long way towards helping you sleep cool.
5. Ice cubes
You may be tempted to put a fan into your room to blast cool air in. That may make falling asleep easier, but the constant airflow could also lead to a cold or neck problems. Try putting a big bag of ice cubes in front of the fan for a few minutes before you go to sleep to freshen up the air in the bedroom. But when it’s time to sleep, turn off the fan.
6. Get rid of heat sources
Turn off all electric appliances such as computers, TVs or chargers which all emit heat, even in standby mode.
7. Drink, drink, drink
Even if you’re not thirsty, your body needs fluids to get you through these hot summer nights. Have enough to drink before you go to sleep and always keep a glass of water on your bedside table so you can rehydrate in case you wake up.
8. Don’t indulge in heavy meals
Sweet, fatty and salty foods also impact on a good night’s sleep. Go for a light meal in the evening.
How do you keep cool in these hot nights? Leave us a comment below with your tips!
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