BEAT THE HEAT
The Sleep Coach CHERYL FINGLESON’S cool tips for a restful night
PREPARE YOUR SPACE
Do whatever you can to stop heat building up in your sleep environment. Close blinds or block out curtains to keep sunlight out in the day, and close windows to keep heat out. Limit alcohol consumption in the late afternoon and evening – it can have a warming effect on the core body temperature, as well as disrupt sleep. Put pyjamas in the fridge to help cool your body.
OPTIMISE THE COOL!
A dehumidifier makes your room more comfortable. If there’s a cross breeze, hang wet sheets over the window to get cool air flowing. Have a shower or bath before bed to cool off. Soak your feet in a bucket of cold water beside your bed before getting in. Use dim lighting in your room as light bulbs can radiate heat.
Try freezing a cloth or icepack to keep your neck, head and shoulders cool. Place a bucket with ice cubes and a little water in front of a fan so the air blown around the room will be cooled. Light pyjamas made from materials that wick away sweat might also be helpful. But the best way to sleep in the heat is in the nude!