Body & Fitness

How to beat the hot, humid weather

Follow these tips to help sleep more comfortably in the hot, muggy weather covering the country.

It’s hot. And it’s humid. And sleeping in this weather is nearly impossible.

While it might feel tough to escape the heat as you toss and turn in the dark, there are ways of making you and your bedroom a little more comfortable on these sweltering summer nights.

Here are five of the most effective ways to get a good night’s sleep in this unbearable New Zealand weather.

Stop exercising a few hours before bedtime.

Stop exercising a few hours before bedtime.

When you exercise, you raise your body temperature and retain heat. If you exercise well before bedtime, you body will have time to cool down. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day, and you might want to keep a bottle of water next to your bed.

Take a tepid shower.

Take a tepid shower.

You might desperately want to have a cold shower to cool down, but don’t. Very cold water can have the opposite effect on cooling the body, as your temperature can rise to counteract the cold water. Instead, have a medium cold, or tepid, shower to cool down or even just run your wrists under cold water.

Replace heavy bedding with lighter sheets.

Replace heavy bedding with lighter sheets.

Swapping the winter duvet for a lighter summer option was probably the first thing you did when the weather warmed up. But what about what’s going on underneath you? Removing thick mattress protectors will help cool things down, as they retain heat.

Open your windows.

Open your windows.

Make sure your windows are open an hour before you go to bed, and keep your curtains drawn during the day to avoid heating up the room.

Don’t sleep naked.

Don’t sleep naked.

It might be tempting to strip off completely, but sleeping naked can make you feel the heat more as it doesn’t allow moisture to evaporate between your body and your bed. Go for breathable cotton sleepwear instead.

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