HEATWAVE: 8 top tips for getting a good sleep on sweltering summer nights

Hot and humid nights can make sleep difficult
Hot and humid nights can make sleep difficult

Tonight is set to be the warmest night in years, with temperatures remaining above a humid and sweaty 20C.

When the temperatures get too hot at night it can get uncomfortable and even hamper sleeping at all, so here are a few suggestions that might help:

Stop any activity or exercise a few hours before bedtime.

Take a cool, but not cold shower or bath.

Find a cool, dark sleeping spot that is on a lower floor or in a basement.

Sleep in cotton clothing ideally, as sleeping naked can make you feel hotter as moisture cannot evaporate between your body and your bed.

Wipe your face, hands, and feet with a damp cloth and run your wrists under cold water for 30 seconds.

Flip your pillows over to the cool side, or stick your pillow cases, bed sheets and blankets in the freezer 30 minutes before you go to bed.

Open your windows an hour before bedtime to increase air circulation and cool down the room but close them before you fall asleep.

 Keep a fan on, but don't point the fan towards your face which could cause your neck muscles to stiffen and lead to allergies or illness.