12 Ways to Stay Cool on Hot Summer Nights
The sun can be amazing in the day and as Brits, we should be happy for this wonderful weather. 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.
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.
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 head 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.
Boozing before bed is never a great idea - but your sleep will be affected even more when it's hot.
Chill your bedding
If you're really struggling, you can always stuff your bedding in a bag and pop it all in the freezer for a few minutes before you go to bed.
Caring for others in the Heat
As we age our bodies become less efficient at regulating temperature as you don't sweat as much as younger adults, which unfortunately is one of the body’s most important heat-regulation mechanisms. The elderly suffer from heat stroke more often than younger people throughout the summer.
Why’s this serious? Well, as the temperature rises, so too does your internal body temperature, especially when you’re exposed directly to the sun or extremely hot environments. Which is why the older people suffer from heat stroke more often than younger people throughout the summer. All the 12 tips above could really help.