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Sleeping on hot nights – tips for those struggling as temperatures soar

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While it’s nice to see some proper summer weather finally forecast in Nottinghamshire and other parts of the UK – it brings with it the worry that it might get a bit too hot. This can be troublesome at night when we’re trying to get some sleep.

A “Heat-Health Weather Alert” is now active across the country, as the mercury is expected to rise to 30C by the end of the week. Nottinghamshire is headed for particularly scorching day on Friday where it will reach 30C and in some places further south it will even get up to as high as 34C.

And oh, what about those summer nights? Well, being too warm at night causes sleeplessness especially in some older UK homes which are not well-equipped to deal with high temperatures. But the experts at BestHeating have some ideas on how we can keep our cool this week, the Liverpool Echo reports.

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1. Get the air cool

If you switch on a fan in a hot room, it doesn’t lower the temperature, it just blows the warm air around. To help lower the temperature, get some ice in front of the fan and allow the air to blow past the ice. Like a home-made air conditioner.

2. Drink cold water

Get your hot water bottle out of the cupboard. Wait, hear us out. If you fill the bottle and freeze it, you can pop the ice cold bottles under your sheets to cool down your bed.

3. Turn things off

Some of your appliances give off heat so make sure things like ovens, microwaves and light bulbs are used minimally. Who wants an oven-cooked meal on a hot night anyway?

4. Put a flannel in the freezer

Your freezer is good for more than just lollipops and ice cream. If you keep some clean, wet flannels in there, you can grab them out in the evening and dab them on your forehead, wrists and feet for an instant cool down.

5. Close the windows and blinds

You might think opening the windows and blinds would help, but when the hot sun in beaming in it will actually just warm your house up. Keep your south facing windows and blinds closed for the hottest times of day. Once the sun has gone down, open them and let the cooler air flow through,

6. Switch to cold showers

Why does everyone keep telling us to have cold showers? It sounds awful. But it’s apparently known to have health benefits including giving you shinier hair, better skin, helping with alertness, saving energy and of course, cooling you down. The Energy Saving Trust advises that installing a water-efficient shower head can create a saving of £185 on bills.

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