Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keep Your Cool; PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE WARMER NIGHTS AHEAD WITH THESE ESSENTIAL HOT WEATHER HACKS, SAYS LIZ CONNOR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keep Your Cool; PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE WARMER NIGHTS AHEAD WITH THESE ESSENTIAL HOT WEATHER HACKS, SAYS LIZ CONNOR

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Byline: LIZ CONNOR

THE recent heatwave means long lunch breaks in the park, barbecues with friends and balmy evenings in pub gardens enjoying the last of the sunshine. The only downside to the good weather? Sticky, restless and warm nights that leave you tossing and turning into the early hours.

Research suggests that the optimum temperature for sleep is around 17degC, but if you're not lucky enough to have air conditioning and can't get your bedroom to a cool temperature, there's no reason to continue to lie awake in discomfort.

We spoke to independent sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley to find some top tips for getting to sleep during the warmer months.

OPT FOR COTTON WHEN it comes to summer nightwear, breathability is key. Dr Stanley says: "Wearing cotton pyjamas makes it easier for the skin to breathe and the air to circulate, compared to other fabrics such as silk or synthetic fibres. This in turn keeps you cooler and more comfortable, making it easier to sleep."

SWITCH OFF "SCREEN time should end ideally at least 25 minutes before sleep," he advises. "Blue light is known to suppress the release of melatonin, which is the body's signal that it's time for sleep. Therefore, using screens before bed will disrupt sleep. Research shows that nearly one-in-five of us checks social media before bed, so try to put your phone, laptop or tablet down."

STAY HYDRATED UNSURPRISINGLY, drinking lots of cold water can help to keep your body cool. "Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is advisable for many reasons, and sleep is just one of those," Dr Stanley says.

"It's worth taking a large glass to bed with you, but be careful not to drink too much before you go to sleep to avoid breaking your cycle and going back and forth to the toilet."

DON'T OVEREAT FOR many of us, summertime means barbecues and ice cream, and delicious though they may be, they are not a recipe for a good night's sleep. "Heavy meals are out of the question when it comes to cooling down the body," he says. "Eating a meal that's rich in carbohydrates means that your body will take longer to digest them, creating a higher internal temperature. …

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