Do you have difficulty getting to sleep in hot weather? We talked to the Sleep Geek, James Wilson about his top tips to get a good nights sleep when the temperature soars.
Our temperature is incredibly important to good quality sleep as a drop in heart rate and drop in core temperature are part of the process the body goes through when readying for sleep; the hot weather impacts on our ability to do both.
Here some tips from The Sleep Geek on how to get the best sleep possible when the nights are hot.
- Ensure there is a good airflow through the house so open windows on both side to allow the air to pass through
- Close blinds and curtains in rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight. The shade will help thee room stay cooler
- Have lukewarm bath or shower before bed to encourage your core temperature to drop, or alternatively put lukewarm water in a hot water bottle and place the soles of your feet on it. This will raise your temperature slightly and then it will drop, helping your body prepare for sleep
- If using a fan place a bowl of chilled water in front of it to cool the stream of air it is pushing round the room
- Finally don’t worry too much about it. The biggest thing that prevent us sleeping in hot weather is the thought “I am too hot to sleep” My advice would be to accept that you might not sleep quite as well, but that it will probably be over in a couple of days and your body will more than likely make up for the poor sleep by giving you better quality sleep
For more information on James Wilson aka The Sleep Geek please visit thesleepgeek.co.uk