It's Summer and there aren't many things worse than tossing and turning in bed because it's too hot to sleep, or sitting in the living room and being glued to your sofa with sweat! You wonder to yourself, "why does it never feel this bad when I am on holiday?"
It's Summer and there aren’t many things worse than tossing and turning in bed because it’s too hot to sleep, or sitting in the living room and being glued to your sofa with sweat! You wonder to yourself, “why does it never feel this bad when I am on holiday?”
A lot of us are just not cut out for the heat, despite wishing it was back the second the winter months approach. Here are our top tips on staying cool this summer.
Swap the sheets
Cotton is a clever little material as it will absorb the heat from your body throughout the night, allowing you to stay cool and dry. It is the most hygienic way of sleeping when the nights get sticky, and has much better breathable properties when compared to polyester and other materials.
As well as this benefit, there is also the fact that cotton bedding is easy to wash and can last for twice as long as many cheaper alternatives.
Get your Birthday suit on!
Now that you’ve got your sheets sorted. What are you going to wear to sleep in? Well, nothing. If you want a better, deeper and happier nights sleep then many experts suggest that sleeping in the nude is the best way to do it.
When you fall asleep, your body temperature will naturally fall, and wearing underwear or pyjamas can disrupt this process.
We all know that our phones, laptops and other electrical devices omit heat, especially when they are charging. If you want to keep as cool as possible, then it is a good idea to unplug these devices from the sockets.
Additionally, sitting with a laptop on your knee or on your bed is not only damaging to your laptop, but as this stops the air flow from escaping it will heat up whichever surface the vents are being smothered with, whether that is your legs, your bed or your sofa. If you have to charge up devices, do so by placing them on a cool, hard surface such as a desk or work surface then unplug and remove your device when it is fully charged.
Turn the oven off
You do not want to be using the oven in the heat. Putting a casserole or a roast in the oven during winter months is perfect, but not during a heatwave. Opt for either a BBQ (also a good excuse to have friends round) a takeaway, or go for chilled food from the fridge such as pasta salads, quiche, cous cous and wraps and fillers.
Create yourself a cooling system
There’s been a lot of people raving about this one! This trick involves a fan and a tray or bowl of ice. Position the ice directly in front of the fan so that the air coming from the fan passes through the ice. This, in essence creates a DIY air conditioning system, giving off a cool breeze.
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