Welcome to Hell! Or that’s pretty much how I’ve felt upon heading up to my bedroom for the last week or so thanks to the current heatwave. We’re just not used to it here in the UK so don’t have the benefit of air conditioning as other countries do. When, on the odd occasion it does get hot here, it tends to get humid and sticky too – not great combinations for getting a good night’s sleep.
How to Cool Things Down
- Shut the blinds/curtains and windows during the day in rooms when the sun is shining directly into those rooms.
- Leave upstairs bedroom windows open provided safe to do so whilst sleeping(investing in a mosquito net to avoid creepy-crawlies).
- Invest in good quality electric fans and keep the door open in the room used in (why not try putting a tray of ice cubes in front of the air flow to help cool the air).
- Use thin cotton sheets wherever possible for bedding and avoid synthetic nightwear.
- Keep a stash of ice cubes or a cold flannel close by to place on pulse points or try freezing a hot water bottle instead to keep next to the feet/hands. Another alternative is a plant mister kept next to the bed to spray yourself periodically as needed.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day drinking more water than usual as you’ll be losing so much more through sweating.
- Flip your pillow frequently – you may also want to try cooling the pillow case in the fridge before bedtime.
What Not to Do
- Avoid taking a cold shower – if a shower is necessary make it a tepid one.
- Don’t indulge in alcohol – whilst you’ll likely fall asleep quickly, it’s unlikely you’ll stay asleep, especially if you don’t usually drink.
- Don’t toss and turn. If you can’t sleep, get up and find something relaxing to do (not involving phones or computers!)
- Don’t nap during the day.
- Don’t cover your feet if you do cover yourself when sleeping.
- Don’t exercise close to bedtime or engage in any other activity that raises body temperature(!)
- Don’t fret – if you live in the UK, chances are we’ll soon be back to wet and rainy summer days very soon – comfort yourself with knowing you’ll soon be able to catch up on all the sleep you want safe in that knowledge!
Have you any tips you’d like to share with others? Personally, I tend to start off in bed but halfway through the night I end up coming downstairs to sleep on the couch as it’s so much cooler downstairs by then.
Feel free to share this article with others who may be struggling to sleep in this hotter than hell weather and remember…Stay Cool 😎