May 26, 2017

How to Get Some Good Sleep in the Summer Heatwave


Summer is a great season but it comes at a cost. Many people love the outdoors and the sun during this period, but it can also have those heat waves which can be exasperating especially when you need to sleep.

So, are you finding it hard to sleep in the heat? You're not alone because many, including yours truly, find it difficult to sleep peacefully with the frequent heatwaves. However, I ran into some really sensible tips online on how to cool things up a bit. And I decided to share with you.

Sensible tips to sleep better in the heatwave

It's summer, and if the heatwave is affecting you, here are some sleeping tips to try tonight:

A). Your body

1. Water is a great cooling agent – both externally and internally. A cool shower before bed can help and always remember to stay well hydrated. Aim to drink two litres of water or other liquids but avoid alcohol and caffeine where possible.

2. Ever get nocturnal leg cramp? It apparently affects 13 million British adults and dehydration is believed to be one of the main causes. See point one, and if you're still suffering try Crampex tablets which help to both treat and prevent muscle cramp at night.

3. Some people find fine mist sprays super helpful, we love the Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray and the Evian Facial Spray.

B). Your bedroom

1. Prevent heat build-up in your bedroom throughout the day. Keep curtains and blinds shut during the day, while at night open your windows and allow air to circulate (unless it is hotter outside than inside).

2. Use a fan to circulate the air around your room.

3. It seems obvious, but wear lighter sleep wear (or none!) to ensure you don't overheat during the night

4. The duvet you use during the winter is likely to be too heavy in this weather – use a cotton sheet or light duvet instead.

5. If you are sleeping with windows or balcony doors open, you may unfortunately experience insect or mosquito bites. Something like Anthisan Bite and Sting Cream can help to relive the itch and inflammation.

6. Keep a glass of water by your bed and take sips if you wake up during the night.

C). Your health

1. When you sweat a lot, you lose not just water, but also electrolytes. This can be dangerous, so ensure you top them up. Coconut water is nature's electrolyte replacement drink or try Dioralyte which replaces electrolytes and treats dehydration.

2. It sounds obvious, but avoid excessive sun exposure. And WEAR SUN CREAM. Sunburn dehydrates you further, not to mention makes you feel hot and uncomfortable.

3. While no one is suggesting you stop exercising – ensure you take extra care to rehydrate, and stay in the shade if exercising outside, or ask your gym to turn the air-conditioning on in your class.

If you still struggle to sleep, put some drops of drowsy lavender oil on your pillow and consider a herbal remedy such as NiteHerb that can help and won't leave you feeling groggy the next morning.

The above post is reprinted from materials provided by MSN Family & Relationships. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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