As much as we love summer's warm weather, the time spent outdoors, and everyone being in a better mood, we have to admit we don't quite enjoy the uncomfortable night's sleep that happens right when a heatwave hits. So, we've rounded up some tips and tricks that'll help you keep cool on those nights when it feels as though the temperature's bursting through the triple digits.
Swap your duvet for a sheet.
It's way too hot for your usual thick duvet. Swap your covers for a thin sheet to avoid getting too hot and bothered during the night.
Keep your window open.
Air out your home at night by keeping windows open in your bedroom. Try and stick to evenings when the temperature is a bit cooler.
Buy some earplugs.
If you live near a main road, sleeping with your window open can be tricky. Buy some earplugs to help drown out the sounds of passing traffic so you can feel cool and avoid being woken by noise pollution.
Keep bedsheets in the fridge.
This may sound bizarre, but it actually works! Leave a set of sheets and pillow cases in the frudge during the day to keep them from becoming too hot. Come bedtime you'll feel refreshed and relaxed when you lie down on your crisp, cool sheets.
Invest in feather pillows.
Polyester absorbs heat, meaning that those synthetic-fiber pillows could be sabotaging your good night's rest. Buy some feather pillows instead to help keep your temperature at a comfortable level.
Keep curtains closed.
During the hottest part of the day (from midday to about 3 p.m.), keep your curtains closed to stop your home from becoming too hot. This will make it easier to cool down the bedrooms before bedtime.
Do some bedtime yoga.
Try to unwind before bed with some relaxing yoga moves. Grab a mat and a YouTube tutorial to help guide you through the basics and put you in the "zone." Yoga helps you breathe and release any tension that you might have just before going to bed.
Unplug laptops and chargers.
Leaving electronics on can add to the build up of heat in your room. Turn off any unnecessary electrical items before bed. This will also help you switch off and unwind.
Cool down your bed with an ice pack.
In the wintertime, we warm up with a cozy hot water bottle. In the stifling heat, why not cool down your bed with a chilled ice pack? Wrap it up in a towel and place it under your pillow or in your sheets to help you get some decent shut-eye.
This article was originally written by Fiona Day. For more, check out our sister site, Closer UK.