We’ve all experienced those irritatingly warm nights in bed, where you feel more like a piece of coal on a barbecue than a human being, begging gods you never considered even marginally believable for a sudden blizzard to chill you out.

I’d wager that the majority of the UK’s population will be able to relate to this notion, thanks to the uncharacteristically hot and lengthy summer we’re experiencing. Without the prospect of an abrupt ice age on the cards it seems like we’ll all just have to grin and bear it.

Or will we? Well, yes, we will, but there are several ways of dealing with the heat. Allow us here at Happy Beds to try and help you keep cool in the evening and sleep a little more soundly, and a little less like a lobster boiling in a pot.


Keeping Things Simple

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First thing’s first; let’s get the simple steps out of the way. Still using a duvet? Swap it out for thinner blankets. Got any ice cubes in the freezer? Add them to a glass of water for a refreshing reprieve throughout the night. Have a window that can open? Well, yeah, open it.

Now that ‘Keeping Cool 101’ has been covered (unless you were expecting quick tips for playing things smooth, daddio) we can move onto slightly more advanced suggestions.

It’s all well and good buying a fan, but there are a few things you can do to make the most of it. Fill a fairly-large container with ice and keep the fan over it; this’ll help circulate the cold air, or straight up blow cooler air straight at you. Alternatively, just point it out of the window, so that you can say sayonara to swampy, humid and way too warm air.

Then there’s the simplest solution of all: sleep in the buff. Go commando, lose the pyjamas, be new to the nude… you get the point. Some may consider it tasteless, even shocking, but it’s honestly a great way of cooling off and keeping super comfortable.


Enjoy the Cool Side of the Pillow

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It’s a quick win, sure, but flipping the pillow grants your flustered face a few moments of reprieve during a hot night. More so when you put that little bit more effort in and kick the duvet/blanket over - it’s like being draped with relief manifested into physical form.

There’s also slightly more you can do along the same kind of lines, albeit a little more effort involved. Grab two towels, keep one dry and between you and the mattress, and soak one in water to place atop of that towel. This is known as the ‘Egyptian method’, and has been used to keep sleepers cool since the days of… well, the Egyptians.

For that extra element (or, frankly, a fantastic first call) of keeping things frosty, you can seal blankets in vacuum bags (unless you want them to smell like your left over curry) and put them in the fridge or freezer for a few hours before getting them out to bring to bed. You can also fill a hot water bottle with water (crazy, I know, but bear with me) and freeze it, making what’s essentially a safe block of ice to keep under your pillow.


Eat Until You Drop

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Another means of making sure you avoid the heat by falling asleep quickly is eating well. It should go without saying that eating well improves more situations than it hampers, but in regards to getting to sleep it’s a sure fire way of clocking out for the day. After all, who hasn’t felt sleepy after a large meal?

Cooking and devouring a large and lovely meal a few hours before going to bed fills up the stomach and makes the body somewhat sluggish. Combine this with a warm environment and you’ve got the recipe for a swift means of getting to sleep.

Read more: 10 Foods That Help You Get a Quality Sleep

This same sort of approach works well for tiring yourself out; whether it’s with excessive exercise or more carnal activities. If you partner these exhausting methods with a nice, cold shower then not only will you find yourself falling asleep soon, but at a much more chilled out temperature.

The shower approach works wonders anyway, so be sure to jump in to a downpour of cool water at any point if the evening is mercilessly molten grades of hot.


Finishing Touches

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If you’re truly dedicated to making your summer nights more akin to soothing nights, then consider mixing things up with the bed itself. Fabrics, such as linen sheets and pillow covers, have been shown to combat warmth, as well as thinner, more breathable mattresses and even solid slatted bedframes, which help aid air circulation.

We would recommend a cooling LayGel mattress. Why? Well, this heat sensitive mattress has a cool feeling to provide a better sleeping experience. Plus, its supported by reflex foam, so there’s no compromise on support or comfort.

As sad as it is to say to the readers that love to snuggle up, an obvious solution to cooling off is banishing any sleeping partners to a different room. Twice the amount of bodies means twice the amount of body heat, and this holds true even for any pets lingering in the vicinity.

Revisiting the whole ‘Egyptian’ method, you could hang damp towels over the window. This’ll help the air circulating through said window be slightly more chilled.

One last, small element that could make a difference is to unplug all the electronic devices in the bedroom. Even when turned off, certain devices, such as lamps and televisions, can produce small amounts of heat. So, go a little greener to relieve a little bit of the heat.


Abandon Ship and Experience the Great Outdoors

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If all else fails and the bedroom is simply too warm, why not expose yourself to the elements? If you’ve got a large balcony or a garden you can practice your (somewhat) outdoor abilities and pop up a tent or sleep in a hammock. Not only can leaving yourself out to the mercy of the breeze serve as a magnificent means of cooling off, but as a delightfully novel twist.

Despite the callous nature of one of the earlier suggestions, when you’re outside it doesn’t hurt to cuddle up with a loved one, or a loved pup, and enjoy the splendors of a starlit sky.

Even if you’re not lucky enough to have a blanket of twinkling stars above you, it’s hard not to love camping; no matter how domesticated it may be.


Got Any More Tips for How to Coll Down a Room and Sleep During Warm Nights?

If you’ve got some sure-fire ways of falling asleep, we’d love to hear them! Feel free to tweet us, find us on Facebook and tag us on Instagram with your thoughts!

And, make sure to check out our cooling LayGel mattresses for a quick solution for how to keep cool at night.

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