Sleep expert’s 10 hacks for getting to sleep in hot weather – including sock trick

In the UK, sleeping in hot weather can be a real pain, not only because we’re simply not used to it, but also because are homes aren’t built for it.

Anyone that’s been abroad to a hot climate will know that air conditioning is a life saver, but sadly few places have it here.

This is particularly true in our homes, which were build for colder, and wetter, conditions.

As the Met Office has issued an extreme heat warning and are predicting temperatures of 37C and even up to 40C early next week, many are mentally preparing for an awful night sleep.

Thankfully, Nic Shacklock from Online-Bedrooms has some useful hacks to get you through the night comfortably.

He explained: “We’re not used to having to sleep in hot weather here in the UK. Our houses are super insulated and not many of us will have built in air conditioning in our homes which means that when we do get warm weather, it can often be a struggle to sleep.

“There are also quick fixes you can do at night to help you cool while you sleep like putting ice in front of your fan or sleeping in cold socks.”

Keep blinds shut in the day

Sunlight beaming through the windows can be one of the main factors in heating the room up.

This heat remains in the room well into the night, long after the sun goes down.

Keeping your blinds closed can lead to a cooler room later on.

Chill your socks
This might seem like the strangest hack, but throwing your socks in the fridge or freezer before bed can cool you down in bed.

You might not want to wear socks at night during the heatwave, but after they have been chilled they will cool your entire body down throughout the night.

Of course, eventually your body heat will warm them back up, but hopefully you will be asleep before that happens.

Swap out your bed sheets

It may be difficult to sleep without covers but swapping your duvet out for a thinner one can make a massive difference.

A lightweight cover may feel strange at first, but the benefits of a cooler night sleep will far outweigh the negatives.

Allow air to flow through your house in the day
Try to leave your windows open in the day if you are at home and keep all bedroom doors open to allow the cool air to flow through the house.

This will provide plenty of airflow throughout the house and by the evening your upstairs should feel pretty cool.

Run your wrists under cold water
If you find yourself getting too warm and need to cool down quickly try running your wrists under cold water for a few minutes, it can help to make your whole body feel cooler.

This is often recommended for people experiencing anxiety as a way to cool their body down, so it’ll come in handy here too.

Put ice in front of the fan

Having a fan at night might just not be enough, but if you leave ice in front of it it’ll amplify the cool air.

As the ice begins to melt, the fan will blow the cool air from the melting ice around the room.

Keep a spray bottle by your bed
This one is risky but might be worth it – give your bedsheets a quick spritz with water if you’re feeling too warm.

However, be careful not to drench your bedding because you’ll definitely have a miserable night sleep then.

Take a cold flannel to bed
Put a flannel into the freezer a few hours before going to bed and place it on your forehead as you try to fall asleep.

The cold temperature on your head should cool you as you sleep.

Avoid daytime naps
Napping throughout the day will naturally make you less tired at night.

You will need all the tiredness you can get during these sweltering evenings, so don’t let yourself fall asleep throughout the day.

Keep hydrated
One of the key things to do in warm weather is to keep hydrated as your body is already losing water through sweating.

Be sure to take some water with you to bed to keep hydrated through the night.