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5 ways to get to sleep during a heatwave

5 ways to get to sleep during a heatwave

Published at 8:16am 17th June 2019.

There are few people who don't look forward to the hotter months, but those days enjoying the sunshine can also bring with them sleepless nights and sweatiness at bedtime.

Last summer, temperatures soared as high as 30 degrees in some parts of Yorkshire and getting to sleep at night became a struggle.

But fear not - this year we'll be prepared! Here are 5 tips to sleeping in a heatwave...

1. Close your curtains/blinds during the day

The first thing we want to do in the mornings is throw open the curtains and let the sun in, but this is actually heating up our bedrooms and making it harder to sleep!

Closing your curtains/blinds during the day can mean darkness, but it will go a long way towards keeping your bedroom cool. 

Keep those curtains closed and keep the heat out!

2. Make a 'cold water bottle'

Who'd have thought it works both ways? Fill your hot water bottle with cold water and keep it chilled until it's required at bedtime.

Keep your pulse points cool (such as neck, wrists and ankles) and stave off some of those middle-of-the-night tosses and turns.

Cold Water bottle
Yes it works both ways! Make yourself a cold water bottle to keep your pulse points nice and cool.

3. Switch to your summer bedding

A quick an easy way to stay cool and catch some zzz's is to switch your thick, heavy winter duvet for your summer bedding!

Change your bedding to a lighter and thinner alternative with a lower tog. 

Woman in bed
Switch to those lighter and thinner summer duvets with a lower tog

4. Chill your sheets

A weird one - but it works! Put your sheets in a plastic bag and throw them in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime to get them nice and cool.

Keep an eye on them though - frozen sheets are NOT ideal!

Bed sheets
Unusual... but effective! Freeze those sheets for a few minutes before bedtime for some icy results.

5. Sleep alone

If you share your bed with another person (or with a pet) then consider finding alternative sleeping arrangements.

Double the people means double the body heat, so consider taking it in turns on the sofa!

Man asleep on sofa
Two people means twice the body heat! Take it on turns on the sofa and sleep alone to stay as cool as possible.

Stray FM's Beth Parsons spoke to Sarah Smith from Soak and Sleep and Accuweather Meteorologist Elliott Abrams about sleeping during a heatwave:

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