March 07, 2018 2 min read
Across the UK we are experiencing a heatwave that has had many of us stripping off our Pjs and wrestling with our duvets. In case you haven't noticed the current heatwave is the longest since 1976. It's been pretty, well, hot. Or as we would say in Hull, 'It's Mafting!' So we've wiped our brow and come up with this handy guide on how to sleep in the heat.
Go for cotton bedding
Forget sexy silk bedding in a heatwave. Nobody looks good with their hair stuck down. Instead opt for cool cotton which is the most breathable fabric. If you still can't resist wearing your pj's to bed then make sure these are cotton too.
Keep the sun out
Act like a vampire and keep your curtains, blinds and windows closed during the daytime. This helps to keep your sleep environment cool and should help you to sleep in the heat. Make sure you remember to open the windows just before you hit the sack.
Exercise in the morning
We all know that exercise is good for us. However, exercising at night during a heatwave can push your body temperature up. So, the bad news is that if you want to exercise then you need to set your alarm earlier in the morning. The good news is you won't be having five rounds with duvet cover.
Camp out downstairs
Pretend you're sofa surfing and sleep downstairs. Heat rises, so if you can't sleep in the heat then make the sofa your bed for the night.
Hang those feet out
You know what they say, cool feet sleep well. If you haven't tried the old hanging your feet out of the bottom of the duvet trick, then your missing out. Keep your feet cool and the rest of the body will follow.
Have a temporary split from your bed partner
In order to sleep in the heat, it may be worth sleeping in a separate bed to your partner. Two bodies generate more heat than one. Save the spooning for a cooler day.
Cool those extremities
Just before you're about to visit the land of nod, cool your hands and feet with cold water. These are your cooling points and will help to cool your whole body down.
Consider a Mattress with natural fillings
If you really struggle to sleep in the heat then it may be wise to invest in mattress made with natural fillings such as cotton. The last decade has seen a move towards memory foam and latex mattresses. Technology has advanced and these mattresses often incorporate materials to help keep you cool. However, some people still find that a mattress made entirely of natural materials is much more effective. So if you think a new mattress could help you sleep in the heat click here to see what we have to offer.