We’re not complaining but the sudden spike in the mercury is making it near impossible to get a good night’s rest.
This week's balmy temps, while conducive to rosé-soaked evenings and weekend BBQs, getting quality sleep is proving more difficult.
Plus, we Celts are generally not accustomed to handling the heat, and often lack the cooling infrastructure of our continental cousins (thank you thick stone walls) to create comfortable sleeping environments.
If you're sweating between the sheets, at home or away, these tips will help you get some restful, restorative Zs and when the ‘one foot in, one foot out’ thing isn’t helping, you know it’s time to bring out the big guns.
Try these hacks for nodding off in the heat and waking up energised rather than exhausted...
Get The Cold Air Going
Obvious, but fundamental. The ideal room temperature for sleep is between 15ºC to 20ºC, but with nighttime temperatures on the up, the vibe can be more stifling than soothing. Keep windows closed during the day too- this seems counterintuitive but it will prevent hot air from hanging around.
If you splashed out on a fan during last year's heatwave, maximise the chill factor by simply placing a dish or shallow bowl full of ice in front of the fan. That way, as the ice melts, cooler air will be circulated by the fan.
Ice Box Baby
Drastic times call for drastic measures: put your bedding in the freezer. Or at least pop your pillowcase in for a few hours before bed. You can apply the same theory to socks too. Chill them in the fridge before bed to cool feet down. Neither will last the whole night through, but feeling chilled when you get into bed can't help only help you nod off.
Avoid Memory Foam
Comfy as it may be, a memory foam mattress insulates the body and can make you feel even more sticky. We're not suggesting getting rid of the one you have, but if you're in the market for a new mattress, look for one with a more open cell structure to improve airflow - Simba’s Hybrid® Mattress comes highly recommended.
Cotton On To Breezy Bedwear
Synthetic materials can make for a hot night (and not the good kind) as they preserve heat. Opt for soft, thin, loose and breathable cotton nightwear instead. Give slinky, silk sheets a wide berth too. Instead, shop Irish company, White and Green's 100% organic cotton bedding.
Grab A Not-Hot Water Bottle
In Ireland, we typically just had one use for a hot water bottle - to fill it with water that it hot and comfort frozen toes in the dead of winter. However, in shock news, it can also be a summertime friend! Fill your trusty water bottled with cold water before bed. Think of it as a melt-proof ice pack to help cool you down.