Heatwave: Sleep expert shares 5 unique ways to beat the heatwave at night
We're absolutely melting.
If the hot weather has had you tossing and turning for the past week, then you’ll no doubt need a good night’s sleep.
To help, we spoke to Martin Seeley, CEO and sleep expert at MattressNextDay has explained why people struggle to sleep in the sheet before sharing his top 5 unique hacks to stop being hot and bothered at night.
To create a comfortable sleeping environment, you should keep your bedroom between 16 to 18°C.
Naturally, you can use a fan to achieve this lower temperature or if you feel yourself heating up, there are some hacks to achieve a cooler sleeping environment:
Put your pillowcase or in the freezer before your bedtime
If you struggle to cool down at night, fill your hot water bottle up with cold water and put in the freezer an hour before you plan on going to bed. Or, if you don’t own a hot water bottle, put your pillowcase in the freezer for 15 minutes before you plan on hitting the hay.
Run your wrists under cold water
When you brush your teeth before bed, you should also run your wrists under cold water for a few minutes before bedtime, as this quickly cools your body down.
Keep your bedroom’s blinds and curtains shut all-day
Naturally, the sun tends to be the hottest throughout the day so a top tip is to keep your blinds and curtains shut throughout the day, to prevent the sun from coming in. This should keep your bedroom cooler a night-time when it’s time to fall asleep.
Make sure to drink at least two litres of water throughout the day
Not only does keeping hydrated boost your energy but your metabolism too. Even mild dehydration can leave you sleepy and tired, negatively disrupting your mood.
Place a bowl of ice in front of your fan
Ideally, you should sleep with a fan during a heatwave to keep cool. However, did you know that filling a bowl with ice cubes and placing it in front will make your room even cooler? This is because the ice cubes slowly melt away, dispersing a cool breeze.