Top Tip : How to get a good night's sleep in hot weather. →
You know when it's really hot and you just can't get to sleep? You toss and turn, nekkid under a light sheet, with a fan blowing on you? Then you finally doze off, only to wake at 4am, covers thrown off, and you're freezing cold where the sweat has chilled on your skin?
Well, this is my Top Tip for getting to sleep in hot, hot weather.
Wear pyjamas. Seriously.
Before you say "but that's just crazy talk" hear me out.
Wear a loose and light set of cotton PJs (or a t-shirt and yoga pants - the key is that they can't be too tight or you'll bake) and sleep on the top of the bed - no covers on you at all.
If you have a fan on, make sure it's not blowing directly onto you, but is instead blowing the air about a foot above you, and that it oscillates - that way you won't wake up with frozen shoulder.
The PJs have the effect of regulating your body temperature so your skin doesn't get too cold, and once you fall asleep, you'll sleep much better than if you're naked but under a sheet (which you'll throw off in your sleep anyway).
I don't know if there's any scientific basis to this, but it's always worked for me, on those rare times we actually get weather hot enough to disturb sleep in this country. (75F today, lovely.)