There are certainly no complaints from us that the weather has warmed up in the last week. Like you, we’re ready for a summer full of sunshine and good times, but we can’t be the only ones struggling to get a good sleep when it’s so warm?
Tossing and turning for most of the night, Irish homes are just not equipt to deal with any sort of heat. We don’t have the luxury of air-con and it can be hard to get a full 8 hours when the temperatures are so high.
If you can relate to the above, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you catch some Zzz’s as we continue to enjoy the summer sunshine.
Have a cold shower before bed
It may sound a bit obvious, but having a cold shower before you hit the hay can be super beneficial. It doesn’t have to be so cold that it’s a shock to the system, but a cool shower will certainly help you to drop your body temperature. Hopefully, you’ll be able to drift off sooner rather than tossing and turning.
Choose your sleepwear wisely
Despite popular belief, taking off all your layers before bed won’t help you to cool down. It seems sleeping with no clothes on can make you even hotter than before, as sweat can be collected on the body rather than being whipped away by clothing. Instead, opt for some light clothing, like cotton PJs.
Make a ‘cold’ water bottle
Grab your trusty hot water bottle, remove it from its covering and simply pop it in the freezer for an hour before bedtime. Voilá, a cold version of your hot water bottle to help you cool down at night. Alternatively, you can fill a sock with uncooked rice, pop that in the freezer and you can use it to target areas where you feel overly warm at night.
We all know that heat rises, so in the likely event that your bedroom is upstairs, it’s gonna be warmer than downstairs. If you’re really struggling to nod off you could sleep on the couch if possible. Or if times are desperate, think about taking your mattress downstairs too? Turn it into a solo movie night and make the most of it.
Spritz your sheets
Have an empty spray bottle lying around the house? Fill it with cold water to give your sheets a light spritzing to cool them down slightly before bed. It’s also a good idea to give yourself a spritz from time to time too. There are amazing facial sprays on the market, but you could also make your own DIY version at home too.
Even though summer is prime time for sleepovers, you might want to rethink that one for now. If you and your friend share a bed during your sleepovers, it might be wise to set them up with their own bed. Naturally, sleeping in the same bed as someone else can make you feel even warmer than you already are. You might have to hold off on the slumber parties for the time being, just until the temperatures return back to normal! The same applies to any pets who might sneak onto your bed in the middle of the night.
Other than that, enjoy the sunshine, and make sure to keep your SPF topped up throughout the day.