When it’s too damn hot to sleep and you’re contemplating living in the fridge, here’s how to cool things down in the bedroom!
- DITCH THE SYNTHETIC FIBRES
First things first, when it starts getting hot under the covers. It’s time to change the bedding.
This means saying no to polyester or any synthetic materials you might have. Oh, and definitely putting the duvet away into storage until fall.
Choose fibres such a silk and cotton for your bedding.
- CHOOSE YOUR BEDCLOTHES CAREFULLY
Sometimes, deciding to sleep au naturel can be less of a cooling experience than you may have been hoping.
It can make you even more sweaty if you are rubbing against your own hot skin. This is made worse if you are also sharing a bed with your dripping hot partner.
Put some clothes on, even if it is just a pair of shorts and a t shirt.
Loose cotton or silk pyjamas are the way to go to beat the heat.
- USE A COLD WATER BOTTLE
This is just a regular hot water bottle, which is filled with cold water. Press this against your body’s pressure points – i.e. your wrists etc. You could even pop it in the fridge or freezer, for an extra chilled effect.
- HAVE A CURRY BEFORE BEDTIME
…But not too late on! Eating spicy food in the evening can actually have the longer term effect of cooling you down – even if you feel hot at the time.
The optimal time to have your curry, or chilli, is about three hours before bed. Then the sweat may actually cool you down!
- PUT ICE IN FRONT OF THE FAN
To cool the room down further, fill a roasting tray full of ice cubes and stick it in front of your fan. This will send an icy breeze around the room in no time!
- DON’T HAVE AN ICE BATH!
Okay, so you probably weren’t about to leap into a bathtub full of ice – but resist the temptation to have an ice cold shower. Or even a cold one.
A tepid shower is the best way of cooling the body down properly.
- TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
Make sure you turn any unnecessary lights off around the house – they add to the temperature. The same goes for any sockets, devices and plugs. By switching everything off, you are helping the room not to overheat.
- MAKE A CROSS BREEZE
Try making your own weather front, with two fans placed at opposite ends of the room. This will create a cross breeze, which is much cooler than one fan on its own, or even two positioned at the same angle.
Better still, if you can direct the air from a window into the fan’s path to spread around the room.