With the clocks going forward at the end of the month – on Sunday, 26th March to be precise – spring will finally arrive. We hope!
We carried out some expert research that has shown that 25% of us get too hot at night. So the question is, how can we keep cool when the temperature rises?
Here are our 10 top tips to drift off and stay there all night:
- Enjoy sex
Sex releases hormones that help you relax. However, don't go for all out passion; exercise just before bed will stop you drifting off as your heart rate will increase, making you too hot to sleep (and not in the good way)!
- Avoid caffeine
In the UK, we drink 70 million cups of coffee per day and 165 million cups of tea. Not only does all this caffeine keep your mind awake, it also raises your heart rate, which in turn increases your body temperature. Ditch the coffee, people - it needs at least 6 hours to clear the system!
- Invest in a mattress
Not that we’re biased or anything, but if you’re experiencing repeated bad nights’ sleep, you probably need a new mattress. One with lots of springs is your best bet.
The more springs, the comfier the mattress is.
Plus, if you don’t sleep alone, more springs means your partner's movements will disrupt your sleep less, keeping your body at an even temperature. We combine over 5000 micro-pocket springs with a natural sleep surface and wool from Yorkshire sheep. Try it for yourself with our 100 night sleep trial.
- Avoid memory foam close to your skin
Whilst we're on the subject, make sure you don't go for a synthetic memory foam mattress. It's notorious for causing overheating as it's an insulator and doesn't promote airflow, which in easy-to-understand English means it will make you hotter than a husky in the Caribbean. Instead, wool is Mother Nature's way of regulating temperature (sheep are neither too cold in winter nor too hot in summer). So that lovely Yorkshire wool in your new Drift mattress will keep you cool.
- Change your bed sheets regularly
The longer your sheets are in use, the damper they get… with your sweat. Not so nice. Moisture adds to the weight of the linen, which will interfere with your kip. 45% of people say clean sheets help them sleep so change the sheets regularly, once a week preferably, and go for the highest thread count you can afford.
- Keep your room cool
It's pretty easily done in the UK – just open a window. If it's noisy in your area, you'll need some earplugs. 48% of people can't sleep due to noise.
- Manage your stress levels
It’s easier said than done but stressing about that deadline you're going to miss is going to cause anxiety-inducing temperature increases. You could try keeping a notebook by your bed to write down those pesky panics if you wake up. The habit will begin to banish them for good.
- Buy a bigger bed
We can't all have huge bedrooms with sweeping views across the country, but the bigger the bed you choose, the better you'll sleep. Cuddling up with your nearest and dearest sounds nice but in reality it'll just make you hotter. If you go for the biggest bed you can fit in your room, you’ll enjoy cooler sleeping space.
- Consider your diet
Did you know that some foods and drinks induce sleep better than others? Salmon, rice, spinach, milk and almonds all promote sleep. The magnesium found in spinach in particular plays a key role in deactivating adrenaline, whilst tryptophan in milk and almonds is an amino acid that converts first into serotonin and then into melatonin, which helps regulate sleep. If you happen to own a cow (unlikely, we know), try milking it at night as it contains 24% more tryptophan than the day!
- Go pyjama shopping
Finally, invest in some gorgeous cotton pyjamas. They will help your skin breathe, unlike manmade fibres that tend to trap moisture and make you sweaty, hot and generally uncomfortable. Any excuse to hit the shops…
Sleep well, live well.