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Can’t Sleep in the Heat? We’ve got you Covered!

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…

Pile Of White Cotton Bed Sheets

Choose Cotton

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 airflow in the bedroom.

White Fridge Freezer On White Background

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!

Blue Hot Water Bottle

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.

Blue Ice Pack On White Background

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.

Woman Drinking A Bottle Of Water

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can cause a 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!

Silver Shower Head Spraying Water

Cool Off

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.

White Light Switch Pointing Down

Lights Out

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!

Feet Soaking In A Bowl Of Water

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.

Yellow Camping Tent With Open Door

Go Camping!

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!

Checked Pajama Top And Bottoms

Loosen Up

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!

Woman Stretched Out On Bed

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?

Man Sleeping On A Sofa

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!

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