As we enter the summer months, the annual question of how to keep cool in bed comes to the front of our minds. Don’t worry, this year you won’t be struggling to sleep through the heat because we’ve got 6 essential tips that will keep you cool and comfortable right through ’til Autumn.
1. Get the air flowing
The best way to ensure that air is circulating in your room is to open your window. Even locking the window slightly open will allow fresh air to circulate. If you have a loft or attic hatch (and you haven’t seen The Exorcist) then try opening this to allow the hot air to leave your room and rise through the hatch. A fan is often thought of as a great way to keep cool, and although it can be a good option in doing so, it can also be noisy and sometimes blow hot air around the room.
2. Freeze your pillow case
This may seem slightly OTT but it is a worthwhile technique if you’re really struggling with the temperature. Stick your pillow case in the fridge or freezer for an hour or so before bed – it’s best to pop them in a bag or container to do so. To cool down your sheets, drape them while damp over an open window.
You can also refrigerate or freeze your socks/pyjamas. Usually, we would say to avoid wearing socks in bed if you’re feeling too warm, but having cool feet can really help to lower your overall body temperature.
3. Eat early
It is best to eat a lighter meal earlier in the evening. If you eat too close to bedtime, your body will still be digesting your food when you get into bed. During the digestion process, your body temperature will be higher and your body will also be working rather than resting. This makes it far more difficult to sleep. It is also good to stay away from the oven, as this not only generates heat into the house, but causes you to overheat.
4. Change your mattress cover
A great way of ensuring a cooler sleep is to make sure you are using a mattress cover that features cooling or temperature regulating properties. As mentioned above, cotton is great, but you can also get more technologically advanced options that are proven to do a brilliant job. At MFW, we offer two options: the Coolmax and Outlast covers. Coolmax® is a breathable, fast drying, wick away fabric that disperses moisture for a cooler night’s sleep. Outlast® is a NASA-approved material that works to alleviate spikes in skin temperature by storing and releasing heat energy when needed, for a less disturbed night’s sleep.
5. Use cotton linen
You can’t beat natural cotton sheets for keeping cool. Cotton pillow cases, bottom sheets, and duvet covers, are all ideal for keeping cool during the summer months. We British folk might be used to nice thick duvets, but if it gets hot enough, then swapping the duvet for a sheet can be a great idea that reduces sweat and heat build-up. Cotton PJs are also great for promoting a comfortable night’s sleep. Choosing the right sleep attire can make all the difference when trying to sleep through the heat.
6. Take a cold shower
A cold shower before bed is a fantastic way to bring down your core body temperature, allowing you to drift off to sleep feeling refreshed and peaceful. If this idea doesn’t appeal to you, try placing a cold wet flannel on your head or neck, or run cold water over your pressure points. Sleeping in a cold and slightly damp t-shirt is also an option during hot holidays.
With these 6 tips under your belt, you’ll be a cool cucumber all summer long. Sleep well!