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
    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
    drift off.

  • Chill your pillow case in the freezer before going to