Tips on how to get a good night’s sleep during the heatwave

Hot and humid nights can make sleep difficult

Hot and humid nights can make sleep difficult

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When the temperatures get too hot at night it can get uncomfortable and even hamper sleeping at all, so here are a few suggestions that might help:

• Stop any activity or exercise a few hours before bedtime.

• Take a cool, but not cold shower or bath.

• Find a cool, dark sleeping spot that is on a lower floor or in a basement.

• Sleep in cotton clothing ideally, as sleeping naked can make you feel hotter as moisture cannot evaporate between your body and your bed.

• Wipe your face, hands, and feet with a damp cloth and run your wrists under cold water for 30 seconds.

• Flip your pillows over to the cool side, or stick your pillow cases, bed sheets and blankets in the freezer 30 minutes before you go to bed.

• Open your windows an hour before bedtime to increase air circulation and cool down the room but close them before you fall asleep.

• Pointing the fan at your face, your back, or too close to your body. Keep a fan on, but don’t point the fan towards your face which could cause your neck muscles to stiffen and lead to allergies or illness.

What’s your top heatwave sleeping tip?