Health & Fitness

How to fall asleep when it’s a million degrees outside

Is anyone else having trouble sleeping?

By Erin Cook

There are plenty of things we love about summer. The sun is (usually) shining. The days are longer. Daylight saving savings kicks in for most states, meaning more time for after work activities. And let’s be honest – frosé is kind of great.

However, trying to sleep when it’s a million 30 degrees outside? Not so great.

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According to wellness coach and ambassador of Cotton On Body’s Premium Sleep collection, Melissa Ambrosini, getting a solid amount of shut eye is a non-negotiable – even in the heat. “Sleep affects everything and plays such a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life,” she says. “Getting enough good quality sleep every night can help protect your mental and physical health.”

1. Have an early dinner.

So, how does one dose off during a heatwave? Well, it doesn’t hurt to be a bit mindful of what – and when – you’re eating throughout the day. “Eat early and be mindful of what you eat – being hot and full can be a terrible combination,” Melissa says. “Avoid eating big heavy meals and alcohol, which may cause heartburn and make it hard to fall asleep.”

2. Keep your caffeine intake to a minimum.

Best to lay off the late afternoon coffee, too. “Caffeine can stay in your system for 5 to 6 hours so this may affect you if you are sensitive.”

3. Wear clothing made of natural fibres.

On a more practical level, check the label of your pyjamas. Are they synthetic? Nylon, polyester and the like are notorious for trapping in heat. Natural fibres, including cotton – and even bamboo – are much, much more breathable.

4. Sleep with a wet towel.

Okay – bear with us here, pls. Have you considered sleeping with a wet towel as a blanket? This has been dubbed the ‘Egyptian Method’. Grab a wet towel, throw it on a spin cycle to make sure it’s not too damp and then – voila! – you’ve created the ultimate cooling device.

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5. Stick your bedding in the freezer.

Why don't you try freezing your sheets and pillowcases for half an hour? It's weird but it works.

6. GET AIR-CONDITIONING

WE LIVE IN AUSTRALIA FFS.

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