When I think of sleeping in hot weather, I imagine laying on a cot at the equator under a mosquito net. The air is as heavy as a wet blanket and there is just no way I am falling asleep under these conditions.
Thankfully most of us are not sleeping at the equatorial line, but still it can get down right hot during the summer months. So how do we remain cool in a hot situation? Here are a few hacks to help you remain cool on those hot summer nights.
1. Don’t go commando
As tempting as it may be, don’t whip off your undies just because it’s sunny.
Instead, sleep in cotton pajamas, to let your skin breathe and ensure that any sweat is soaked up, rather than left on your body.
2. Splash your sheets
Giving your bedding a very light misting of water can make all the difference when you’re struggling to sleep on a hot day.
Don’t soak your bed, but sleeping in some slightly damp sheets could help to cool you down and keep you comfy.
3. Cool your curtains
Another use for your slightly damp sheets involves spraying them with water and then draping them over an open window.
This lets the breeze blow some refreshingly cool air around your room, without the added noise of using a fan.
4. Switch off
Turn off all the plug sockets you can to help keep things cool – and save some energy whilst you’re at it.
Electrical sockets kick out a surprising amount of heat, and they could be the difference between a good night’s sleep and a sweaty nightmare.
5. Ice some rice
Make a cold water bottle which won’t melt all over you by filling a sock with rice, and then freezing it.
Press this against your sensitive pulse points – found on the wrists, ankles, tops of your feet and your temples – to instantly turn the heat down a notch.
6. Watch what you drink
Boozing before bed is never a great idea – but your sleep will be affected even more when it’s hot.
Instead, make sure you keep a cool glass of water by your bedside to stop you from overheating in the night.
7. Chill your bedding
If you’re really struggling, you can always stuff your bedding in a bag and pop it all in the freezer for a few minutes before you go to bed.
This will guarantee you the perfect head-start when it comes to getting a great night’s sleep, letting you drift off effortlessly even as the mercury keeps on rising.
Hopefully a few of this heat hacks will help you remain cool this summer. Instead of sticking your head in the freezer just try the one that we have provided, sleeping the night away chilled and laid back.
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