As a student, getting the right amount of sleep is vital – especially around exam season or when you have a lot of deadlines. Sleep is essential for ensuring you’re at the top of your game, functioning well and feeling healthy. But it can be hard to drift off when the weather is as hot as it currently is in the UK, where we don’t have air conditioning and our buildings are designed to retain heat. Hopefully these tips will help sleep well in the summer at university!
Take a cool shower before you go to bed
It might not sound like fun, but jumping in the shower before you go to bed and ensuring the water is cooler than you’d normally have it (not necessarily cold!) is a good way to bring your body temperature down before you get into bed. This is also a great way to switch off and relax as part of your night-time routine.
Wear cool pyjamas
Summer is definitely the season of ditching your fleecy PJs! Opt for a t-shirt or vest top with shorts, and go for a really breathable material like thin cotton or a soft bamboo. This will help keep you completely comfortable while you sleep.
Get a mattress topper
While your bed at Cityheart Living will be super comfortable, you might want to invest in a cooling mattress topper to add even more comfort. Toppers with cooling properties like gel beads, for example, are a great idea and can serve as an inexpensive way to enhance your bed on really hot nights.
Switch on your fan…
If you have a small fan, make sure it’s plugged in and facing your bed. You can also freeze a bottle of water and place this in front of the fan when it’s on – this adds cooling moisture to the air to help bring down the overall temperature of your room. If you struggle to sleep with the noise of a fan, try blasting it for a while before bed to cool down the room before you sleep.
…And switch off electronics
Any electrical items in your room such as a laptop, TV, hairdryer and so on will add extra and unwanted heat. Do yourself and the planet a favour by switching plugs off while not in use to help keep your room cool, especially in the evening.
Relax as much as you can
It can be so easy to get stressed as a student, with so much work to do and outside pressures too. But stress is known for preventing you from sleeping, and that coupled with the heat of the summer is a recipe for disaster. But if you aim to relax as much as possible in the run up to bedtime, then you’ll give yourself a better chance of drifting off into a peaceful and restorative slumber – ready to take on the day, and any uni work you need to do!
With thid advice to help you sleep well in the summer at university, you can really enjoy the sunshine the long days bring.