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.