We've been enjoying a mini Indian summer this week after a fantastic summer filled with hot days and even hotter nights. The hot days - we love them, right? You can go for a balmy stroll in the park, enjoy a G&T alfresco and catch up with friends in the great outdoors – without giving a thought to needing to pack a jumper.
The nights, however, can sometimes mean we struggle to fall or stay asleep as our bedroom starts resembling a roasting tin. And that’s irrespective of whether you are prone to night sweats or not.
So, we’ve rounded up six top tips with the sleep-sational Nightire on how to tackle that hot and bothered feeling when you’re after a good snooze.
Pop your sheets and / or pyjamas in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime – even though the cold sensation won’t last throughout the night, it’s an easy tweak to ensure you start the night cool as a cucumber.
Ice, ice baby
Your freezer is a bit of a treasure trove for hot nights. Grab some ice, pop it in a shallow bowl and place this in front of your fan. The breeze chills as it travels over the ice, making the air cool and refreshing as it hits you.
Under the cover of darkness
This hack requires some pro-activity. Keep your eye on when the sunlight hits your room so you can keep your windows closed and blinds drawn then. By keeping the light out of the room, you prevent heat from building up as the day wears on. Once it’s cooler in the evening, open those blinds and windows to let the fresh air in.
Avoid exercise before bedtime
Getting your heart rate up can boost metabolism and raise your body temperature, which is not what you want at night. Also, try taking a lukewarm shower instead of a hot one.
Steer clear of spicy foods, hot drinks and alcohol in the evening
These can all trigger sweating whether you are menopausal or just trying to survive a particularly steamy summer night. Rather, consume cool and comforting beverages like a glass of cold water or milk.
Wear moisture-wicking pyjamas
Bamboo, the fabric that is used at Nightire for all sleepwear and sleep accessories, does exactly that - moisture is pulled away from the surface of your skin and wicked away from the fabric so it’s not absorbed (a key point as moisture absorbing fabrics will have you sleeping in drenched PJs all night). You’ll stay cool when it’s hot and - even though we don’t want to think about winter right now – will keep you cosy when it’s cold. Basically, the perfect fabric for any time of year.