How to get to sleep in the heat: your tips and tricks
Independent readers share the ways they've been cooling down during the recent hot weather
Sweat is pouring off Britain’s collective brow as the heatwave continues and with the mercury refusing to budge even as night approaches, sleep has become something many Britons can only dream of.
However some Independent readers have worked out ways to get some shut eye in the heat without resorting to a few too many glasses of wine or popping a sleeping pill.
Whether it’s a cold wet towel over the feet, or a pillow in the fridge, there are a number of tricks which are just the ticket to the land of Nod.
Check out the following tips which have helped i and Independent readers get to sleep on these sticky nights.
@AvaPiaf1: Sounds disgusting, but dampen a towel with cold water, squeeze out excess and use as a blanket!
@aminoacidkhan: I put my pillow in the freezer for a bit. In an empty clean drawer obviously.
@JennyHough: Put cold water and ice cubes in a hot water bottle!
@carl_spaul: Keep your feet uncovered.
@timjinx: People go to bed too early. I never go to bed before midnight, and can always sleep. It's not insomnia at 10:30!
@saralhawthorn: Raise the end of the bed up a few inches (if safe to do so!) keeps feet cooler so easier to sleep.
@carolinehinde:Exercise then you'll be so knackered nothing will keep you awake!
@_crystyls_: weirdly, a thin fleece blanket
@Ltk1953: a cool shower and a couple of drops of lavender on the pillow works a treat
April M Emblin: Ice cubes in a bowl in front of the fan. Cools the bedroom enough to sleep
Helen Whittaker: Blood temperature bath just before bed
Dave Elliott: Chucking a glass of water over my sheets about 10mins before i go to bed, seems to be working .
Mark Davies: put cold water on your wrists & neck (pulse points). Helps cool you down before bed
Kate Lovll: Soak a tee shirt in cold water, wring out the excess until just damp and wear in bed. Also, put a damp cloth across any fans you might be using to create a poor man's air con effect!
Kelly-Marie Blundel: I've been waiting until it's cooler (10pm or later) and going out for a furious cycle then (as opposed to daytime when it's too hot) and this is tiring me out. That's a good start. Other than that, windows wide open, cold sheets, lots of water!
South Korea ferry: Vice principal rescued from sinking ship found hanged
Overheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
Oscar Pistorius trial: The case against Oscar Pistorius – and why the prosecution claims his story doesn't add up
Peaches Geldof funeral: Private ceremony to be held at same place as her mother Paula Yates on Easter Monday
Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
- 1 Are you turning into your dad? The top ten signs you've embraced dad-ism revealed as survey says 38 is age men turn into their father
- 2 Overheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
- 3 Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Grace Dent on TV: Game of Thrones has jumped the shark
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...
£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...