Trying to get some shut eye on a hot and humid night can be a nightmare and for most of us, a top of the line air con unit is off the table, so we’re going to give you some easy tips on how to stay cool this summer.
Step 1 – Keep Your Curtains and Windows Close
A tip from our Mediterranean friends! Keep your windows and curtains closed throughout the day. This will stop the heat coming in and reduce the temperature of your room. Once the sun sets and the temperature drops, open them back up for a 'slightly' cooler breeze.
Step 2 – Invest in a Fan
With fans, you get what you pay for. If you don't mind that constant hum then head down your local shop and pick up a cheap one. If you want to invest a bit more money, we'd recommend The Dyson AM06 desk fan. With no blades and being up to 75% quieter than conventional fans, this is an ideal addition to the bedroom.
Step 3 – Wear Cotton
What you wear to bed has a huge effect on how well you sleep. Loose fitting, well-ventilated cotton pyjamas are the best option. Avoid synthetic materials that will cling to you at night. Cotton has moisture absorbing properties that will help keep the sweat from your body and ultimately allow for an improved level of comfort.
Step 4 – Ice Packs at the Ready
Have ice packs at the ready to help cool your body temperature in an instant. When we find ourselves awake sweating in the middle of the night, tossing and turning to get comfortable, we can often make ourselves hotter as we stress about not getting any sleep. This is the time to turn to your ice packs. Place them on your wrists or forehead for a few minutes and relax as your body temperature quickly begins to drop. No ice packs? Use a flannel or cut up an old towel.
Step 5 – Make Your Own Air Con
Here’s a great tip to help that high-quality fan cool you a little more. Put some ice in a shallow baking tray, pan or bowl and place that in front of your fan. As the ice begins to melt, the breeze will pick up the moisture and disperse a cooling mist across the room. This makes a huge difference on those stuffy nights.
Step 6 – Flip Your Pillow
Everyone loves that feeling of flipping your pillow over to the cool side. When the heat is unbearable and you’re getting a little clammy, don’t forget to flip over and enjoy that momentary respite from the heat.