How to sleep in the heat

We all know a good night's sleep is important.

We need this rest in order to process information throughout the day and also to repair and rebalance the body, both physically and mentally. It can become stressful when you're unable to keep cool in bed, making it even harder to drift off and then to stay asleep.

Our Silentnight sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan advises that in order for us to sleep well, there needs to be a "fractional temperature difference between our body and brain" - in other words, 'a warm body and a cool head!

With these ten tips from sleep expert Dr Nerina, keep cool and get a great night's sleep in the heat:

  1. Stop your bedroom over-heating during the day by keeping curtains and blinds closed
  2. Wash your feet and run your wrists under cold water before getting into bed
  3. Use light bed sheets and a summer duvet such as the Silentnight Anti-Allergy 4.5 Tog Duvet or Pure Cotton 4.5 Tog Duvet
  4. Place a wet flannel in the fridge for an hour or so before getting into bed and lay it on your forehead to help you drift off to sleep
  5. Stay well hydrated during the day
  6. Keep a plant mister containing water by your bed to spray on your face during the night
  7. Use a fan and place it so that it is blowing the air over a tray of ice - this will cool the room down as the ice melts
  8. Chill your pillow case in the freezer before getting into bed
  9. Sleep in cool wet socks or even a damp t-shirt
  10. Don't fret too much if you can't sleep - use the time to rest and think positive thoughts

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