Too hot to sleep? Freeze your sheets, ditch the booze and DON’T go commando!


After what’s so far been a decidedly damp summer, with many of us fearing that wet, windy and mild had become the new norm, the good news is we are experiencing some overdue sunshine – and it’s set to only get hotter.

If you’ve been spending today wistfully looking out of the office window, then take note: Thanks to a plume of scorching Mediterranean air making its way to us, we’re set to bake in temperatures hotter than Hawaii this week.

Today and tomorrow will see respectable highs of 25°C, but on Tuesday the clouds will clear with the mercury rocketing to 33°C in Birmingham and 32°C in London.

Definitely a reason to up the SPF and celebrate, but there some downsides to the soaring temperatures – such as those stifling hot nights when sleep seems like an impossibility, leaving you tired and irritable the next day.

Sound familiar?

Luckily, The Sleep School’s expert Dr Guy Meadows has nine top tips to keep you cool and get you to sleep, rather than be hot and bothered, counting sheep.

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Getting frustrated and restless because you’re hot only generates more heat and keeps you up longer. Keep a cool head by lying still – only by accepting the heat can you move your mind and body closer to sleep.

When bedroom temperatures soar drastically, action is often needed. Pop your sheets and pillows into bags and put them in a freezer ready for bedtime.

Save satin, silk or polyester sheets for a cooler day. Cotton bed linens are lightweight and breathable, promoting airflow in your bedroom.

And keep those pyjamas on! The temptation may be to go commando, but as cotton lets your skin breathe it also allows for air circulation.

Humans sleep best in a cool bedroom, with the ideal temperature being 17ºC. Open a window or invest in an electric fan to add an extra breeze.

Warmer nights lead to delayed bed times, which can lead to later eating and drinking close to bedtime.

This is all good summer fun, but the downside is trouble sleeping.

For best quality sleep aim to leave at least two hours between eating and sleeping, while limiting alcohol close to bedtime.

Use sheets and blankets, rather than duvets; these can help to regulate the body temperature quickly and easily.

Have a glass of water by the bed to drink if and when needed. Drinking a full glass of water before bed can lead to multiple toilet visits throughout the night.

Take a cool shower before bed for a quick and easy way to cool down. Avoid freezing showers as these can be over stimulating and wake you up.

Warm weather encourage outdoor activities with lots of loud, excited voices! Use ear plugs to block out noise for a quiet sleep environment.

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