Heatwave: How to get a good night’s sleep

See our list of tips below on how to get a good night's sleep during the heatwave
See our list of tips below on how to get a good night's sleep during the heatwave

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When the temperatures get too hot at night it can get uncomfortable and even hamper sleeping at all, so here are a few suggestions that might help:

- Stop any activity or exercise a few hours before bedtime.

- Take a cool, but not cold shower or bath.

- Find a cool, dark sleeping spot that is on a lower floor or in a basement.

- Sleep in cotton clothing ideally, as sleeping naked can make you feel hotter as moisture cannot evaporate between your body and your bed.

- Wipe your face, hands, and feet with a damp cloth and run your wrists under cold water for 30 seconds.

- Flip your pillows over to the cool side, or stick your pillow cases, bed sheets and blankets in the freezer 30 minutes before you go to bed.

- Open your windows an hour before bedtime to increase air circulation and cool down the room but close them before you fall asleep.

- Pointing the fan at your face, your back, or too close to your body. Keep a fan on, but don’t point the fan towards your face which could cause your neck muscles to stiffen and lead to allergies or illness.

*Heatwave conditions are being felt around the Portsmouth area this week. For more tips on coping with the heat click here and here.