Here’s how to avoid tossing and turning during a heatwave

Here’s how to avoid tossing and turning during a heatwave

by Bianca Castro |

10 ways to sleep in the heat

  1. Chill your pillowcase in the freezer before going to bed.
  1. Sleep in cool, wet socks or even a damp T-shirt.
  1. Wash your feet with cold water before getting into bed and rinse your wrists under cold water.
  1. Place a wet flannel in the fridge to cool for an hour or so before you go to bed, and rest this on your forehead as you drift off to sleep.
  1. Place a tray of ice in front of a blowing fan. As the ice melts, this will help to cool the room down.
  1. Keep curtains and blinds shut throughout the day to prevent your bedroom from overheating.
  1. Make a cold-water bottle by filling a sock with rice, and then freezing it. Press this against your wrists, ankles, tops of your feet and your temples to turn the heat down a notch.
  1. Watch what you drink. Boozing before bed is never a great idea — but alcohol will affect your sleep even more when it’s hot. Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  1. As tempting as it is to sleep naked, wear cotton pyjamas to allow your skin to breathe and ensure that any sweat is soaked up.
  1. Go it alone. If you usually share a bed with someone, it’s time to get ruthless. You’ll keep cooler if you have the bed to yourself.
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