Expert tips to sleep well during a heatwave – including wearing socks

The UK is in the middle of a long-awaited heatwave and temperatures are set to reach 30C in some parts of the country.

While this is perfect for those working on their tan, the hot nights can make it harder to sleep.

Your sleep affects many aspects of your body, such as brain functionality and development, hormonal balances and emotional stability.

A bad night's sleep can set you up for a bad day, so it’s important to give yourself the best chance possible.

James Higgins, sleep specialist and CEO ofEthical Beddingshares his tips on how to sleep better during hot weather and which fabrics are best for sleeping during a heatwave.

James said: “In the early stages of our sleep our circadian rhythms (body rhythm) are still very much ticking and our brain is functioning at its usual rate.

“Your bedtime routine and bedding are a vital part of getting that rhythm to settle and become sleepy.”

James suggests keeping your room dark throughout the day: “Use heavy curtains to block any lights from windows during the day.

“Heat transfers through the windows and can build up during the day, so it’s a good idea to keep the curtains/blind down”.

"This will help control the temperature of your room between 15.6 to 19.4C.”

He adds that most doctors recommend this as the best temperature for sleeping.

Ensuring that you’re sleeping on the right materials are key with hypoallergenic surfaces such as eucalyptus, bamboo or silk bedding recommended.

“Bed sheets made with eucalyptus wood, bamboo or silk are all very breathable fabrics, whereas cotton tends to retain moisture and heat. When you become too hot, it can disturb your sleeping patterns and make you feel drowsy, so it’s important to pick a fabric which is body regulating” says James.

The hot weather may mean most of us reach for the windows to keep cool, but according to the experts this is the opposite of what you should do.

“It would seem a given to open your windows when it’s warm but when it’s hot outside it will actually allow a lot of the air to just come into the house and cause a stuffy raised temperature. If you do require some natural airflow then try just cracking them ever so slightly for a short period of time" says James.

A key way to keep cool is to ensure your feet are cool – strange but the experts explain why this is key.

“Your feet contain many nerve endings for your body so cooling your feet can lower the overall temperature of your body.

“Try putting your socks in the fridge and then wearing them before you go to bed to keep you cool.”

Though, it's important to take the socks off before you sleep and along with your hands, keeping them out of the covers could be the best way to keep cool.

“In the deep stages of your sleep your body will naturally cool so you may eventually want to tuck your feet and hands back in”, says James.

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