Try to avoid napping, but if you must, do it the right way
While the sun makes it incredibly easy to have an accidental afternoon nap, this can have a detrimental effect on your sleep that night unless it’s done right.
Mr Seeley said: “If you must nap, you should only sleep for between 10-20 minutes as anything longer than 30 minutes can risk feeling groggy as your body will have entered a deep sleep cycle.”
“Make sure this is more than eight hours before your bedtime though, as it could impact your sleep if not.”
Stop drinking alcohol at least four hours before your bedtime
A glass of wine or a beer is customary for a fair few during a heatwave, but it’s important to stop drinking at the right time to prevent your sleep being disrupted.
Mr Seeley said: “While alcohol can make you fall asleep due to its sedative properties and, therefore, allow you to fall asleep quickly, what’s not common knowledge is that your sleep quality is considerably lower after consuming alcohol.
“You won’t feel recharged the following morning and will suffer from excessive sleepiness throughout the day.
“So, if you do decide to drink (which is fair!), make sure to stop drinking at least four hours before your bedtime so it’s mostly worn off by the time you drift off.”
Switch your duvet cover to a lighter colour
As mentioned, dark colors absorb heat – but light colors reflect it. So another good tip to help regulate your body temperature at night is to swap your duvet for a lighter colored one or opt for a bamboo sheet.
Steve Adams, CEO at Mattress Online said: “Bamboo is a breathable and moisture-wicking material, making it one of the best options if you sweat a lot during sleep.
“Bamboo fabrics are also naturally hypoallergenic, which can help reduce allergy symptoms that normally come hand in hand with hot weather. Avoid cotton bedding at all costs, as it’s not moisture-wicking and can make you feel sweatier.”