Sleep on a hot night: 8 tips and tricks

Sleep on a hot night: 8 tips and tricks

Singapore has its nice weather. But living in this little red dot, sometimes we also have to deal with unbearably hot nights! With temperatures of up to 30 degrees or more at night, it’s difficult for our room to cool down and falling asleep seems truly impossible. Every year, we are given numerous tricks to fight the problem, but which ones really work? The cleaning portal Helpling knows the dos and the absolute don’ts for a sweat-free sleep.

Don’t: Sleeping naked
The heat tempts you to sleep naked? Caution, you may catch a cold! Instead, wear cold pajamas. Simply put them in a plastic bag and place it in the fridge. Extra cool: also treat your bed covers to a refreshment in the fridge until you go to bed – and enjoy your chilly dreams.

Don’t: cold shower
With these tropical temperatures, we simply long for an ice-cold shower. Wrong! This is only counterproductive: due to the cold, our blood vessels contract and our bloodstream are unnecessarily stimulated. Instead of cooling down, we begin to sweat even more! Thus, take a warm shower – it relaxes the body and guarantees a stress-free sleep.

Do: “cold-water bottle”
Convert a hot-water bottle into a “cold-water bottle”, it is a welcome refreshment for the hot nights. Fill it with cold water and put it in the fridge a few hours before going to sleep. Careful: don’t place it on your stomach or the neck as it can cause tensions or even nephritis. Instead, place it on your legs, arms, and the forehead.

Don’t: duvet

So, stay away from the duvet – a sheet is enough! Opt for a cotton sheet: the natural fibers emit the moisture better than satin and you will sweat less.

Do: refreshing footbath
A cool footbath is both refreshing and relaxing! Hold your feet in 12 to 18-degree cold water for 30 seconds. While our body pumps blood in our legs to warm them, the body eases off. This helps us relax and fall asleep.

Don’t: airing the room by day
To lock the hot air out, leave the windows shut by day. Instead, air the apartment early in the morning or overnight. But careful: avoid ventilation as long as you’re in the room. It does not only tense up the neck but also brings along the summer flu!

Don’t: beer goodnight
No matter how refreshing a cold beer may be after a long day – it is a true sleep killer. At night, our body needs extra energy to process the alcohol. The result: nightly sweat attacks, which disrupt our deep sleep phase and wake us up at night – bye bye sleep! By the way: cool mint tea has the opposite effect: it cools and relaxes our body – the perfect drink for sweatless nights!

Do: wet sheet
A humidifier is not only expensive, but it may also cause a sore throat. The cheap alternative: hang a wet cotton sheet in front of the window. It stores the moisture and will slowly emit it. While the sheet is drying, it steals the room’s heat. That way, the bedroom is pleasantly cool for a few hours!