How to sleep when it’s hot

28th June 2017

Slumber Centre

Summer has arrived, although this means more sunshine and longer days it also means that dreaded feeling of not being able to sleep when it’s hot. Tossing and turning at night, opening and closing the window, throwing the duvet off and pulling it back on – there is nothing worse than being too warm when trying to sleep. However, there are some simple steps to take to keep you and your room’s temperature down, making the all-important shut-eye easier.

1. Choose cotton

Ditch the polyester for the summer – it’s all about cotton. Cotton is soft, absorbent and has good wicking properties meaning it will keep you cool and dry through the hot summer nights. Lightweight cotton sheets will help promote ventilation and airflow in the bedroom due to their breathable properties. Bare this in mind when deciding what to wear to bed as well – cotton pyjamas will keep you cooler than polyester.

2. Unplug

Any electrical items in your bedroom, no matter how big or small will be giving off heat and contributing to the warmth of your room. Therefore – unplug! Unplug any electricals then you aren’t using; this will keep any unwanted heat at bay and ensure your bedroom temperature is at a minimum.

3. Cool Off

You may think the best way to cool down is to have a cold shower. This will momentarily cool you down however it is not the answer! It will also close down your pores meaning you’ll sweat less and therefore be even hotter. Try having a lukewarm shower before bed instead, this will still cool you down and help keep you cool through the night.

4. Find a Fan

The most obvious and probably effective cooler is an electrical fan. Nothing cools you down and keeps your bedroom at a bearable temperature better than a good old fashioned fan. Having a fan on your bedside will help move the air around your body and increase the chance of sweat evaporating, making it easier to sleep when it’s hot.

5. Build a Breeze

An hour before bedtime, open the windows in your bedroom to increase air circulation and lower the temperature. Don’t forget, before you fall asleep make sure you close the window as this will stop your room heating up with warm air during the night. Keep your curtains shut during the day when your windows are open – this will stop the sun getting in and the temperature rising.

6. Somnus mattress

Your choice of mattress will also play a part in helping you sleep when it’s hot. Deep beyond every Somnus mattress is its own unique blend of luxurious upholstery fillings. Many of these fillings are known for their breathability and temperature controlling properties, such as the Herdwick eco wool, tree silk-cotton and flax.