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Hot weather can throw off your sleep cycle. Especially if you’re not used to it, or are dealing with other stresses at the same time. On a hot night, it can be harder to relax, and the familiar comfort of cuddling under your duvet is downright unpleasant. Even if you turn on the A/C the change can affect your rest, cause your sinuses to dry out, etc.

Sleep is absolutely essential, though. Your mind and body need rest to maintain wellness. So it is important to prepare yourself and find ways to sleep through the heat! Here are six ways to get the rest you need.

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Take a cool shower

A quick rinse under cool, but not cold water, will help you feel clean, cool and ready for bed. Don’t overdo it though, you don’t want to refresh yourself until  you’re not sleepy!

Use a chilled moisturiser

After your shower, slather on moisturiser that you’ve kept in the fridge. This will bring your skin temperature down even more. Try to use a natural substance like aloe that will add its own healing properties to your body.

Change your sheets

Be sure to sleep on light, 100% cotton sheets. They will help you stay cool and fresh.

Break out the cold water bottle

Fill a hot water bottle 2/3 full and pop it in the freezer for a few hours during the day. Then bring it to bed at night, making sure to keep it covered to protect your skin.

DIY air conditioning

If you don’t have an air conditioner, you can make your own by putting a roasting tin full of ice cubes in front of your fan. The evaporating ice will cool the air, and the fan will distribute it, making your room more comfortable.

Go gadget-free

Electrical devices generate heat. Minimise the amount of electronics you use in your room during the day, if possible, and be sure to switch everything off at night.

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