14 ways to beat the heat and sleep properly this summer
It’s all fun and games while you’re drinking Pimms in the sunshine, but then evening comes. Spending an entirely night flailing around your bed, desperately trying to imagine how much you wanted this weather back in February, is not fun. And it’s not conducive to any kind of refreshing sleep.
Happily, the sleep experts at Warren Evans shared some pro sleep tips with us, and we’ve put together an official guide to managing to sleep when it’s silly temperatures and you don’t have air conditioning because this is Britain and that would be far too sensible.
1. Put your sheet in the fridge in a plastic cover
Yes, it’s an effort to spend time bagging up a sheet and bundling it into the fridge or freezer, and no, the sheet won’t stay cold forever, but for that five minutes of being able to snuggle without getting any hotter? Totally worth it.
2. Fill a hot water bottle with ice water and place on the ‘cooling points’ of your body
The best places are behind your knees or ankles, your wrists, neck, groin and elbows. Also, if you share a bed with someone, really fun to apply it to them when they’re not expecting it.
3. Cover yourself in aloe vera
Aloe Vera is famously cooling, even more so if you keep a bottle in the fridge. Slather yourself before bed to feel refreshed and wake up with super soft skin. Any lotion will work if you don’t have aloe.
4. Fill a spritzer bottle with chilled water and keep it by your bedside, spray yourself
I mean, this isn’t rocket science but it’s a good quick fix.
5. Use cotton pajamas and thin pure cotton sheets for your bed.
Being naked might actually be less comfortable, because it means there’s nothing to absorb your sweat. (Lovely).
6. Eat small light meals often
The experts from Warren Evans explained that you should avoid eating too much protein as this is a known food group to boost your metabolic rate, and heats your body up.
7. Spicy food
Sounds counter intuitive, right? But apparently not. Capsaicin, the chemical found in spicy food stimulates heat receptors in your mouth, enhancing circulation and causing sweating, which cools the body down. That said, you’re going to want to eat anything spicy a few hours before bed to avoid heartburn.
8. Keep your evening bath or shower tepid
It can be tempting to get into an ice bath, but a tepid bath or shower is actually better, because it makes it easier for your body to reach the optimal sleep temperature.
9. Turn off all electrical devices in the room
Every little helps when you’re attempting to turn your bedroom into an ice palace. Laptops, computers, TV’s, they all produce heat, as do lightbulbs. Keep everything off, if you can.
10. Chilly tootsies
Your feet and toes have a lot of blood vessels and can help cool your entire body down. You can put a hot water bottle in the freezer to create an ice pack for your feet, or if you’re really despearte, plunge your feet into a bucket of cold water before bed.
If you’re looking for something a bit less extreme, try dangling your feet and toes outside of the covers.
11. Get fan smart
Yes, a fan is great and will cool you down, but you can super charge your fan’s capabilities.
Try putting a damp sheet between the fan and your bed, or position a roasting pan full of ice in front of the fan to cool the air. Always try to keep your bedroom door open too as it allows the air to circulate.
12. Sleep on a damp sheet or damp towel.
It’s known as the Egyptian method. Honestly we’re not totally convinced about this one, which could just end up being warm and damp. BIf you’re going to try it, make sure you protect your mattress with a dry towel underneath.