An unexpected May heatwave has brought with it
soaring temperatures - making Thursday 25th May the hottest day of
the year so far. With the heat still rising, the weekend is set to
see an all-time high with temperatures that have not been seen
since World War II.
Glorious sunny weather 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
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
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
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
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
- Chill your pillow case in the freezer before going to