We all love to bask in the summer sun, whether it’s enjoying the great British weather or sunning it at our favourite holiday destinations, however it can be a real nuisance trying to sleep at night so we want to leave you with a few tips on how to ‘beat the heat’ when sleeping in hot weather.

We are hosting a #ThisSummerISlept competition at Carpetright to explore the weird and wonderful places we have slept over summer. Keep reading to find out how you can enter, with a chance to win £500 of Carpetright vouchers to put towards a brand new bed!

How to sleep in hot weather

But first; how can you sleep better in the hot weather?

“While we turn our attention to the added benefits of warmer days and basking in the sun, the hot weather can come as a nuisance when it comes to bedtime,” says Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council.

“Temperature can have a big impact on quality of sleep. An ideal bedroom temperature should be around 16-18°C (60-65°F) but as temperatures remain high it can be difficult to achieve that. Your body temperature needs to drop slightly before you go to sleep which is why it’s difficult to sleep when you’re too hot.”

1. Open windows

It may seem like something so obvious but believe it or not many people do get this wrong. It’s all about timing; resist the temptation to open windows and doors during the day and consider the temperature outside. Is it warmer than it is inside? You don’t want to transfer all of that heat indoors. Open windows a few hours before you go to bed, it will be cooler outside at this point and you can transfer this temperature throughout your household.

Jade Wells, Senior Physiologist at Nuffield Health, says: “For many reasons, sleeping well can be a challenge. Our quality of sleep is affected by our emotional health, our nutrition, our fitness and our general wellbeing. But it works both ways. Having a bad night’s sleep can contribute to negative effects in these areas too, and over a long period of time can have a dramatic effect on your health.

Extreme temperatures can disrupt sleep or prevent you from falling asleep in the first place, so try to maintain a comfortable temperature in the bedroom either by opening a window, using air conditioning or adapting the thermostat/heaters in your room.”

2. Bedding

Avoid anything too heavy. Select blankets and linen made out of cotton or that have a low tog rating. Cotton is breathable and helps promote ventilation. Try placing bedding in the freezer before going to sleep to give you a cooling head start, and select a mattress that breathes or one that helps keep you cool like a gel mattress.

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3. Fans

Again with the obvious solutions? Well it isn’t about timing but instead it’s about placement this time. If you feel like fans just circulate the warm air around the room, then face them opposite a window it will blow all that unwanted hot air away. An alternative is to place a tray of ice and cold water in front of the fan, it will circulate the cold moisture given from melting ice and provide you with a cooling mist.

4. A hot water bottle

We know you will be thinking ‘I want to cool down, not sweat more’ with this option but you can transpose the use of a hot water bottle. Instead of using hot water use cold and pop it in the freezer. You will create an ice pack water bottle ready for your bed. Focus on cooling feet first as this lowers the overall temperature of the skin, then move to pulse points such as the wrists or the neck.

5. Hydrate

Hydration is key to keeping cool so stay away from caffeine, big meals and alcohol. Drinking enough cold water will be a big factor but avoid too much (we don’t want sleep disruption in the form of toilet visits), have a glass at the side of your bed ready for the middle of the night and you can even splash some against your face.

6. Switching off

Reduce the heat being produced from your household electricals, by turning them off at the wall when out of use, especially before bed. Another handy tip is to reduce the amount of time boilers run for.

7. Shower

A lukewarm shower before bed will reduce the core temperature and remove sweat, but avoid freezing cold showers as the body will heat up afterwards to compensate.

The Competition

Autumn is looming and the kids are going back to school, which means we are soon saying goodbye to summer. We want to relive your moments of summer to make it last that little bit longer.

Whether you have visited exotic locations and slept in luxurious hotels, slept in the airport or slept in a tent while camping we want to share your experience. If you have slept somewhere a little unusual like on a plane or on a beach we want to know.

The winning entry will receive £500 worth of Carpetright vouchers to spend towards a new bed.

To be in with a chance, all you need to do is:

  • Send us a photo of the wonderful places you have slept this summer using the hashtag #ThisSummerISlept. E.g. ‘#ThisSummerISlept on a black sand beach in Tenerife! @Carpetright’
  • Follow us on Twitter or Instagram, or like us on Facebook

The competition closes at 9am on Monday 12th September 2016.

Terms & Conditions:

  • By submitting your entry, you are agreeing to Carpetright using your submission for any future form of contact or marketing.
  • UK only competition.
  • Inappropriate content will be removed and disqualified.
  • You must follow / Like Carpetright on the social media platform you are using to enter.
  • You must mention @Carpetright in your tweet and use the hashtag #ThisSummerISlept if entering via Twitter
  • You must mention @Carpetright_PLC and use the hashtag #ThisSummerISlept if entering via Instagram
  • The winner will be selected by a panel of independent judges from all eligible entries.
  • The competition closes at 9am on Monday 12/09/2016.
  • All entries received after this time will not be considered.
  • The winner will be contacted via the social media platform used to enter (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram). By entering the competition, you give permission for Carpetright to contact you in this manner.
  • The winner has 3 working days to claim their prize, no response after this time will result in another winner being selected.
  • The winner will receive £500 of Carpetright vouchers.

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