Too Hot to Sleep? How To Keep Cool On Hot Summer Nights

Jun 9, 2021 | Sleep & Wellbeing

While high-end temperatures are a warm welcome for us sun-starved Brits, steamy nights and baking bedrooms do little to lull us to sleep.

Here are our tips for keeping cool and comfortable in bed this summer:

  • Boost the airflow. Open windows – and doors – to create a draught.
  • Lose the duvet and blankets. Just use a cotton sheet, if anything, or a duvet with a low tog rating.
  • Slip into something a little more comfortable. Wear light cotton nightwear – or go completely naked.
  • Soak up some shower power. There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer night than taking a cool shower (or bath) before bedtime. However, try to go for a more lukewarm temperature than a really cool one. A more tepid temperature will lead to an increased blood flow to the skin causing an increased heat loss from the body, which will benefit you in the long run when it comes to trying to catch those Zzzs.
  • Tap into drink. Have plenty of cold water and always keep a glass handy by the bed.
  • Try the diet for good dreams. Avoid too much alcohol or a big meal – both can make you hot and steamy in the middle of the night through dehydration and over-active digestion.
  • Sleep like a baby. Fill a hot water bottle with ice cold water.
  • Don’t be a hothead. Put your pillowcase in the fridge before bedtime.
  • Breeze through the night. Use an electric fan and put a tray with ice cubes in front of it.
  • Sock it to them. Chill socks in the fridge before bedtime as it will help to lower your core body temperature.
  • Keep some space between you and your partner. Stop snuggling and put some space between you to help stay cool. It helps if you have a big enough bed too! In fact, next time you buy a new bed, make sure it’s big enough for two of you to sleep without disturbing each other: 5ft should be your minimum.


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