As much as we’re loving the heatwave, it’s not so fun when you’re falling asleep at your desk because it’s too hot to sleep! No sleep makes you grouchy, and no one likes a grouchy co-worker!
There are, however, a few things you can do to help you drift off to the land of nod and continue to enjoy the summer…
As much as we love a silk sheet, light coloured cotton is a far better option for warm summer evenings. It is lighter, more breathable and promotes ventilation and air flow in the bedroom.
Freeze Your Sheets
Putting your sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bed will cool you down and help you get to sleep. Place them in a plastic bag, unless you want the smell of last night’s leftovers filling your room!
Get Cold Comfort
Hot water bottles work wonders in the winter, so why not put them to use in the summer too! Fill your bottle with water and place it in the freezer for a handy ice pack to keep you cool at bedtime.
Ice, Ice Pack!
Apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points such as the wrists, neck, elbows, ankles and behind the knees to lower your body temperature at night.
Dehydration can cause lack of sleep. So, before bed, drink a glass of cold water. Just a small glass will do the trick, you don’t want to risk those 3am bathroom runs!
Cold showers are a dream in this weather! They cool down the body temperature and rinse off any sweat and stickiness, leaving you feeling cool and clean.
Light bulbs give off heat, and as the evenings are staying light until late, there’s no need to have them on. When the sun goes down, try keeping lights to a minimum or opt for candles and provide a calming atmosphere to help get you in the mood for sleep!
Keep Feet Cool
Your feet are very sensitive to temperature as they have a lot of pulse points. Dunking your feet in a cold bucket of water will cool down your whole body. You can even keep it by your bedside and dip them in whenever you wake up feeling too hot.
But only go as far as your back garden! If you have a safe outdoor space like a roof or courtyard, camping outside will help you stay a lot cooler, without getting too cold. It will even prepare you for those summer camping holidays! Win, win!
Less is more when it comes to pajamas! Opt for loose fitting, cotton tops and shorts or underwear to stay cool. When it comes to going au natural in bed, some say it keeps them cool, some say it makes them sweat more – we’ll leave that one up to you!
Go It Alone
Not a popular one, but sleeping alone is way better than next to someone else in the heat. If you have the option, it helps to spread out without arms and legs touching each other to let air circulate around the body. What better reason to get the bed all to yourself?
Try The Sofa
Although the result of all arguments, the sofa actually has its benefits in the hot weather! Hot air rises, so sleeping downstairs will be a lot cooler. If you have room, set yourself up a bed downstairs instead, so you don’t have to battle with the lack of space!
If you’ve got any other tips to share, let us know in the comments below or you can comment on our Facebook page. Or, for more tips to keep your home cool in the heatwave, take a look at our advice on how to beat the heat!