1. Keep Your Windows ClosedHowever tempting it is to fling every window open as far as possible, the light sense of relief will be short-lived. Keeping the hot air out is the key to keeping cool; this means keeping the windows shut will do you a favour in the long run! During the day keep your blinds or curtains shut, then when (or if) the temperature drops in the evening, opening a window will let in some much-needed air.
2. DIY air-conditioningIt might not be the most high tech of cooling techniques, however; putting bowls of water around your rooms can act as a great cooling technique. Also, try adding house plants to your rooms, not only are they a decorative feature they are also natural air conditioners!
3. FANtasticSometimes simple is the most effective. If you can put up with the sound of whirring through the night, fans are a great way of providing a much-needed breeze. If you’re after extra cool, why not put a bowl of ice in front of the fan to give yourself your very own air conditioning unit.
4. Hang up Wet SheetsUsually, when you hang up wet sheets it’s in the hope they will dry, but wet sheets can be a lifesaver in the heat. Hanging them in front of your window can help bring the temperature of a room down. It might not look the prettiest but you’ll be grateful at night!
5. Switch OffLights, electrical equipment and appliances all generate heat, so save some money on your bills and keep the temperature down, by switching off! Even better you’ll be helping the planet at the same time.
6. Sleep DownstairsHeat rises, so naturally, your upstairs room will be guaranteed to be the warmest, if it gets too much go sleep downstairs and if you’re in a ground floor flat, count yourself lucky!
7. Rethink Your SheetsOn the subject of sleeping, summer nights are not the time for satin or silk sheets. No matter how nice they may look, cotton sheets will keep you far cooler! Also if you haven’t already, ditch the winter duvet, or really get into the holiday feel and sleep with just a sheet.
8. Cold Water BottlesHot water bottles don’t have to be restricted to the winter months; they are also a lifesaver in the summer. Fill it with cold water, place it in the freezer for a while and you’ve got yourself an ice pack.
9. Freezer PillowcaseBefore heading to bed, put your pillowcase in the freezer. When it’s time for bed your newly chilled pillowcase will keep your head cooler and in turn, keep the rest of your body temperature down.
Try these tips to prevent sleepless nights and enjoy those summer days, cause who knows how long they will last!