Glorious sunny weather this week brings with it BBQs, paddling pools and ice cream, but when it comes to bedtime the heat rapidly loses its appeal and the fun stops. Increased temperatures make it harder for us to sleep well, which, in turn, can have a detrimental effect on our health, work and relationships.
Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, Silentnight's sleep expert, says: "a good night's sleep is important in order to process information throughout the day as well as to repair and rebalance the body physically and mentally. Ideally, in order for us to sleep well, there needs to be a fractional temperature difference between our body and our brain - a warm body and a cool head!"
Dr Nerina shares her top tips to help beat the heat and get a good night's sleep:
Keep curtains and blinds shut. This will help prevent your bedroom from overheating.
Wash your feet with cold water before getting into bed, and rinse wrists under cold water.
Swap heavier duvets for lighter duvets and sheets, such as 4.5 Tog.
Try a Silentnight Geltex mattress, designed to prevent the body from overheating with an innovative combination of elastic gel and air-permeable foam which offers unparalleled breathability.
Stay hydrated! Remember to drink lots of water throughout the day time
Don't fret. If you're struggling to sleep, it's important to instead try and rest: thinking positively about the day ahead rather than worrying about lack of sleep.
If Dr Nerina's handy tips aren't enough to help you keep your cool, why not try a few of Silentnight's more extreme methods:
Place a tray of ice in front of a blowing fan. As the ice melts, this will help to cool the room down.
Keep a plant mister beside your bed. If the heat is becoming unbearable, gently spray yourself with water to assist the cool down.
Place a wet flannel in the fridge for an hour or so before you go to bed, and rest this on your forehead as you drift off.