10 Ways to Stay Cool on Hot Summer Nights
We all love the sunshine and how it makes us feel but if you're craving a better night's sleep there are a few ways you can help yourself to drift off despite the heat.
Freeze your breeze
If you place a bowl or tray of ice in front of a blowing fan your room will become cooler as the ice melts.
Shut out the sun
Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day as a preventative measure to stop your room from overheating. If it gets very warm, shut your windows too- often the air outside is warmer than inside. Once the temperature drops, early evening make sure to open them again. Seek out cooler rooms in your house that do not face the sun.
Sweating can cause dehydration, making you more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Drinking cool glasses of water or juice throughout the day can be enough to bring your body temperature down.
Eat cooling foods
Eating cold fruit and vegetables with high water content can help. Fruits such as melon, berries and oranges are great. Vegetables such as cucumber, broccoli and salad leaves all have over 90% water content.
Keep to the ground floor
Hot air rises, so get down as low as you can to make sure you’re surrounded by cool air.
Sleep on the floor, or even sleep downstairs, if you’re getting desperate to escape the heat.
Rinse your wrists and cool your feet
Washing either your wrists or your feet with cold water before you sleep can help you to cool down and drift off.
Sleep in cotton pyjamas/t-shirts
Overdressing for bed will cause temperatures to rise but going naked is not the answer either. Let your skin breathe and ensure that any sweat is soaked up, rather than left on your body.
Splash your sheets
Giving your bedding a very light misting of water can make all the difference when you're struggling to sleep on a hot day.
Turn off all the plug sockets you can to help keep things cool - and save some energy whilst you're at it. Electrical sockets kick out a sweaty nightmare.
Ice some rice
Make a cold-water bottle which won't melt all over your bed by filling a sock with rice, and then freezing it. Use this on your pulse points - the wrists, ankles, tops of your feet and your temples.