A British summer wouldn’t be a British summer if we didn’t sit and complain about how it’s ‘too hot’, or that actually you can’t possibly sleep in such conditions. We’ve all been there, tossing and turning in bed trying the one leg in- one leg out- dance, flipping the pillow over to the cold side or opening your windows as wide as the hinges will take.
It can be hard to even just relax as our muscles tense up from being frustrated in the heat. Unfortunately, however summer temperatures can be difficult to avoid so we have prepared some tips:
Sheets in the heat
Choose cotton instead of satin, silk or polyester for winter nights, with light-coloured bedding being made of lightweight cotton whilst being breathable.
Stay cool as a cucumber
Use your trusty hot water bottle to cool you down by adding cold water and placing in the freezer, this cool pack should last until you drift off to sleep.
If you live in a high story building, try switching to the ground floor or even outside to have a better-quality night’s sleep. Heat rises and sleeping closer to the ground will reduce being a subject to that rising energy.
The Egyptian method
Sleeping like an Egyptian involves dampening your blanket or sheets in water so they are cool on the body, although it will leave your skin damp it will also get you to sleep almost immediately. It should be advised to use a towel underneath any sheets to stop the mattress from becoming damaged.
It may seem obvious but that summertime pyjamas should remain loose, lightweight and cotton. Having thick pyjamas on will only irritate you and make you warmer.
Cool down your core body temperature
Taking a cold or warm shower before bed is an ideal method to cool down the core body temperature. It also helps to wash off sweat and dirt meaning you won’t feel clammy or hot before bed, but clean and cool.
Using a pan of cold water, or a bowl of ice below a fan will provide a cooler breeze as opposed to circulating warm air. It may seem silly but it will allow you enough time to drift off into a calm oasis of cool.
Try to avoid using electrical appliance’s including lights and mobile phones before bed, they all create heat and energy within the room. It will also let your body shut off as opposed to artificial light awakening your brain.
Re-hydrate before you dehydrate
Make sure you drink a glass of water before you attempt a good night’s sleep. It’s important to stay hydrated before your body goes into re-set mode whilst sweating the night away. It’s also have a glass of water when you wake up in the morning to prepare yourself for the summers day.
Dunk your toes
Your feet are a sensitive area of the body, meaning they are the most important place to cool down. Dangling your feet into some cold water will cool down the whole body temperature.