At the time of writing this we are experiencing a heatwave here in the UK coupled with thunderstorms and occasional heavy rain. This is giving some very hot and humid nights. So how can you stay cool at night and get the best possible sleep?
1. First of all you need to do everything to keep your bedroom as cool as possible. So open your windows to allow heat to escape and to allow fresh air into the room.
2. Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day to block out the sun and minimise the room from heating up.
3. If possible remove your duvet from your bed and replace it with a simple cotton sheet. Don’t sleep without something over you as you want to protect yourself from the possibility of being bitten by any insects that have come through that open window.
4. This cotton sheet will also help to keep you more comfortable during the night as the sheet will quickly absorb perspiration allowing it to evaporate more quickly. Use a 100% cotton flat sheet like these
5. If possible do away with your pyjamas and nightdresses and sleep in shorts and a vest top, or in your underwear or even naked to keep as cool as possible.
6. Use a fan to gently blow air about the room this flow of air will help keep you cool, but don’t have a great big noisy fan otherwise that will just disturb your sleep.
7. A water mister can also be useful during the night. Fill it with iced water and spray your cotton sheet with a light misting to cool it down, if you do wake up during use the spray to cool yourself down.
8. If you do wake up, turn your pillow over on to its cooler side, or invest in a pillow with a built in cooling gel pad in preparation for the next hot night, like this one Cool Gel Memory foam Pillow
9. Use a reverse hot water bottle, by this we mean fill a water bottle with water and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours, then put it in your bed an hour before bedtime and get into a deliciously cool bed.
10. Have a drinking bottle of frozen water by the bedside, take occasional sips before sleeping. If its frozen it will cool you down quicker and you won’t be able to drink too much at a time minimising the chance that you will need to use the toilet during the night