Ahhhhh, the summer – what's not to like about BBQs, terrace drinks and the chance to wear our favourite sundresses and strappy sandals for days on end? Well, it's all fun and games until we try to settle down for a good night's sleep. Suddenly we're a hot sweaty mess, tossing and turning under the sheets as we desperately try to cool down and catch some rest. But don't worry, there are a few tricks you can employ in order to lower the temperature and sleep soundly. Here are 14 tips for sleeping when it's hot.
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1. Wear the right fabrics
When the mercury's rising, it's tempting to just strip off entirely. But it's actually better to wear thin cotton pyjamas that let the skin breathe and soak up excess sweat. Similarly, make sure your bedsheets are made out of cotton, rather than manmade fabrics such as nylon.
2. Use water spray
Giving your bedsheets a light spray – not a soak – will help keep you cool throughout the night. You can also spray your curtains to create a light breeze that will float around your room. Another trick is to keep an empty perfume or mini spray bottle filled with chilled water by your bed, to dot on your neck and wrists when you overheat.
Cymax misting spray bottles, £10.99, Amazon
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3. Chill your sheets
Yes, you can freeze your sheets! Pop them in a plastic bag then in the freezer for a few minutes to get them icy cool.
4. Keep your pillows cool
Invest in a pair of cooling gel inserts for your pillows! Simple and easy to use, they can even help with migraines, stress, and tension headaches as well as flu and fever. Effectively, the cooling gel pillow absorbs and dissipates heat away from the head and neck throughout the night, so you can rest easy.
KEPLIN 2X Cooling Gel Pillows (large), £6.99, Amazon
5. Close the curtains during the day
It may be tempting to throw open your curtains all day long to let air in, but this may actually cause your home to heat up more. Try using thin white cotton blinds and curtains, and keep them closed throughout the day.
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6. Open windows
Depending on where you live this isn't always achievable – especially if you're near a street with noisy traffic – however if you can get away with it, letting in the cool evening air can make a huge difference.
7. Use air conditioning or a fan
If you can put up with the whirring sound of the machine, these can be great to get that much-needed cool breeze circulating. However, if you live in a motor home, the National Sleep Foundation recommends you avoid air-conditioning as this can be dangerous in a vehicle that isn't moving because it can cause a build-up of carbon monoxide.
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8. Stay hydrated
You should do your best to keep as hydrated as possible over the summer anyway, but keeping an ice cold glass of water close to your bed can keep you refreshed and help bring your core temperature down. This Chilly's bottle keeps drinks cool for up to 24 hours.
Chilly's bottle, £20, John Lewis
9. Make a 'cold water bottle'
Yes, it works the other way round – fill up your hot water bottles with ice and chilled water and place it on your pulse points, such as the neck, wrists, knees and ankles, or pop it in the freezer and bring it to bed with you.
Finesse hot water bottle, £8.99, Amazon
10. Turn off all plug sockets
Plug sockets and electronic devices leak energy into the air, so turning them off will help lower your room's temperature as well as saving you a bit of cash.
11. Sleep downstairs
Hot air rises, so if your bedroom is on the top floor then it's worth sleeping downstairs if you have space. You could also try sleeping as close to the floor as possible by taking your mattress off the bed or sleeping on a futon.
12. Cleanse properly
The toxic combination of UV rays and pollution during hot weather makes cleansing your skin even more vital. Swedish beauty tech brand Foreo will cleanse away the heatwave havoc with Foreo's new LUNA 3.
FOREO LUNA™ 3 Facial Cleansing Brush, £169, Lookfantastic
13. Sleep alone
If you share a bed with a partner, then consider (temporarily) saying goodbye – two bodies means twice the heat. To prevent arguments over who gets the bed and who will be confined to the sofa, try taking it in turns.
If in doubt, get pampering. It's called 'self-care' for a reason, and applying a gorgeous cooling face mask is the perfect solution for the heatwave. Currently, our favourite is the ULTRA SMART Pro-Collagen Aqua Infusion Mask by Elemis. This moisture mask delivers layers of hydration to help protect the skin’s moisture barrier, for a complexion that looks smoother and firmer.
ULTRA SMART Pro-Collagen Aqua Infusion Mask, £120, Elemis
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