Temperatures are on the rise again and wow it was hot this weekend! Tonight the outside temperature is going to be around 17 degrees. That’s an optimal bedroom temperature when your house hasn’t spent the day being heated up by the hot sun shining on it.
People use different tactics to cope with the hot weather. So what can we do to try and beat the heat and get some restful sleep during a warm night? Read on to find out more about our top tips.
1. Try and keep your bedroom cool
During the day keep your windows closed and draw the curtains or blinds, especially if the sun shines on your room. This will help keep hot air out. Later in the day or evening, when the sun has moved round, you can open it all up again. This will help to get some fresher, cooler air in the room well before you go to bed.
2. Make use of a fan
I find placing a floor standing fan in front of my bedroom window, or any window for that matter, helps draw the cool air into the rooms. I’ve a fan in each bedroom and the lounge. This is a more cost effective option than a portable aircon unit and they can be stored easily in the loft until next needed.
Check your fan blades are clean before using it, especially if it’s been stored away for the last year. Dust collected on the blades will be blown into the room and could provoke allergic reactions.
I don’t sleep with the fan on during the night either. I find the low whirring noise tends to disturb me and I wake with a headache. Not a good way to start the day!
3. Don’t eat spicy foods
Hot spicy foods tend to, well, heat us up after we’ve eaten them. It’s best to avoid eating hot spicy foods in the evening. In fact, it’s better to have a light meal like a salad instead.
4. Stay hydrated
Make sure you stay hydrated during the day and into the evening. Tossing and turning in bed can make you sweat, which in turn can leave you dehydrated. Whilst it’s important to drink lots of water, reduce the amount you consume in the evening. This is so you’re not waking up and running to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
5. Keep to routine and no napping
Hot weather can make us feel sleepy during the day. This is because we’re burning more energy to regulate our internal temperature. And if you’ve already had a restless night previously, the temptation to nap during the day will be almost irresistible. Try to stick to your normal routine and save your sleepiness for bedtime.