Try these top tips from the experts for cooling down and dropping off effortlessly to sleep on these steamy, summer nights.
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Cotton sheets, rather than artificial fibres, help the air to circulate, preventing night sweats. Or try chilling your bed linen in plastic bags in the freezer for 10 minutes to combat the heat.
Studies show the ideal sleeping temperature is 15 to 19°C. ‘An hour before you go to bed, open all the windows to get a through breeze, but leave them ajar, rather than wide open, as a cold breeze could cause tense muscles and stiffness in the morning,’ says health expert Cassandra Barns.
‘An electric fan moves air around your body, helping to dry sweat,’ says Cassandra. ‘But don’t place the fan too close to you, as this can exacerbate allergies. Rig up your own “air con” by putting a bowl of ice cubes on a flat surface near the electric fan to create a cooling mist.’