BEAT THE HEAT

The Sleep Coach CH­ERYL FINGLESON’S cool tips for a rest­ful night

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Health -

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.

LAST-MINUTE HACKS

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!

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