With the weather heating up, it finally seems like summer has arrived! Whilst we all love a bit of sunshine and high temperatures, when it comes to nighttime we aren’t as grateful for those extra degrees. If you’re starting to worry about how you’re going to sleep during this hot weather, don’t worry there are things you can do to beat the heat! Read on for Helpling’s top tips for hot nights.
Keep hot air and sunshine out
Make sure you have your blinds and curtains closed in your bedroom during the day. This effectively helps to reduce your room temperature, meaning you’ll have a more restful night’s sleep.
Whilst the hot weather can make you feel lethargic and sleepy, try and avoid any naps in the day. The more tired you are when bedtime arrives, the more likely you are to fall asleep quickly.
Let the breeze in
As soon as the sunshine sets, crank open your bedroom windows to get some air into the room. Also, keep your bedroom door open, so air can freely circulate throughout the room.
If you’re a hay fever sufferer or maybe it’s too loud in your area to open your windows at night, definitely consider purchasing a fan. There are plenty of fans out there so just choose the one that’s best for you.
Use thin sheets
Say goodbye to thick duvets, and hello to thin shits. It’s always better to sleep with some sort of cover rather than nothing. Not only will the cotton in sheets help to absorb your sweat, but as your body temperature drops during the night, a sheet will mean you won’t wake up cold.
Hydrate during the day
When the temperatures are high it’s important to regularly hydrate yourself with plenty of water. This will help to keep your body temperature lower and stop you from feeling dehydrated and lethargic during the day.
If you’re struggling to sleep, don’t start stressing yourself out over how few hours you will get. Just get up and do something calming, like reading a book, writing in a journal, or even do some meditation. Make sure you avoid going on your phone, as the blue light is very stimulating and will make you feel less sleepy.
Just keep in mind, after a couple of hot nights, it will get much easier as your body adapts!