How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep When It’s Hot


Do you ever have those nights during hot weather when you simply just cannot sleep? It’s muggy (not muggy Mike from Love Island, girls), there’s no air in the room and you find yourself tossing and turning more often than not.

Us Brits struggle a lot when we experience a heat wave during the summer months due to our lack of air conditioning. I thought I would put together a little guide of how you can get a good night’s sleep when it’s hot outside so we can say goodbye to sleepless nights and hello to refreshed mornings.

Shower before bed

A great place to start is moving your usual shower time to just before you go to bed. Having a shower before bed will help you to cool down and feel refreshed from the busyness of the day. You’ll be ready to take on the challenge of getting into bed and attempting to sleep in the heat. It can also be a good way to calm and ease any night time stress that is caused by any general anxiety or night time anxiety.

Invest in a fan

I couldn’t be without my fan during the summer months. I keep asking Matt to get one so we don’t roast when we sleep at his. If you put your fan near the window, it can create a cross breeze. This means you’ll be helping to circulate cold air around the room and it makes such a difference to the temperature.

Remember to point it in the direction of your bed, so the air doesn’t just travel past where you’re sleeping. You can pick up cheap yet good quality with minimal noise fans most places this time of the year.

Limit the layers

One of the easiest ways to cool down is to simply strip off. This doesn’t just apply to the layers of clothing you might choose to wear to sleep in, but also the bed itself. Opt for a lighter duvet and lighter clothing. You could even sleep with just the sheet.

I prefer to still keep a duvet on as I find it’s just cosier, so I like to put on a light summer duvet instead. Get rid of any blankets and cushions from the bed to open more space on top of the bed. The bigger the airspace, the easier it will be to get the air flowing around.

Drink water

We all know how good water is for us and that we should be drinking more of it, but at night time when it is hot in particular, it’s even more important. Drinking more water will help to hydrate you, as our bodies tend to sweat more during warmer weather and therefore it means we lose more water.

Of course, don’t drink litres and litres before you go to sleep, because you’ll probably end up needing to go to the toilet several times through the night and it won’t be the heat that is preventing you from staying asleep.

A good idea is to have a go at freezing a water bottle before bed, so then when you go to get ready to sleep, you have an icy frozen drink right next to you whenever you need a sip.

Switch off early

To be in with a chance of getting a good nights sleep and staying in your sleep routine, then it’s a good shout to switch off earlier than you usually would. It might mean less time doing the things you love to do in the evening, like watch Love Island or reading a good book, but you’ll thank yourself later when you still get the right amount of hours sleep.

Switch off those electrics and lights (which can produce added heat) and instead unwind ready to have a good nights rest without missing out on those important hours.

How do you try and sleep when it’s hot? 


  1. June 27, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I love sleeping with a fan on! Great tips, I often find it hard to sleep when it’s hot, especially because we’re not really used to it in Britain x

    -Charlotte /

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      June 28, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      It makes such a difference! Aw thanks, Charlotte. Yeah that’s so true xx

  2. June 27, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    I cannot sleep when it’s hot unless I have a fan in the room. I would be up all night just drenched in sweat! #hatetheheat

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      June 28, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      It is so difficult to sleep in the heat! I love it during the day but at night it’s awful xx

  3. June 28, 2018 / 2:30 am

    sometimes i put aloe vera on my skin before bed & it cools off my skin, either that or i’ll eat an italian ice before bed lol! a fan is a must this time of year, especially since i don’t have air conditioning. my window fan is a lifesaver!
    xo, Nora

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      June 28, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      That’s such a good tip, Nora! Thanks for sharing. Fans are an essential xx

  4. June 28, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    This is such a lovely post – I just need a good nights sleep full stop hahaha! I work till around 3 in the morning on the blog so switching off early doesn’t work for me as I think of ideas and topics to post about etc but will definitely switch off on holiday! 🙂

    I love posts like this though so keep them coming – can’t wait to see more from you!

    Layla x

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      June 30, 2018 / 6:25 pm

      Aww thanks, Layla! I hope you manage to get a good nights sleep sometime soon. Aww you need your rest though girl. Your blog can wait! Aww that’s so kind. Thanks so much, Layla xx

  5. June 28, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Love love love this post Lauren, fabulous as always! … wish I had seen this before last night ahahaha, will definitely try switching off a little bit earlier tonight. xx

    Fi //

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      June 30, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Aww thank you, Fi! So glad you love it and hope you manage to get a good nights sleep xx

  6. foreverseptember1
    June 28, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Having a cold shower before bed when its really hot is my fave thing to do!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      June 30, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      It’s so refreshing isn’t it!xx

  7. July 1, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    I don’t know how people sleep without a fan during the summer, I absolutely love our one. We’ve had ours for years and it just sits on our side table, such a good investment!

    Kate xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      July 1, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      They’re such a good investment and they last a good while too! So you can always rely on it the next summer xx

  8. July 5, 2018 / 6:53 am

    I love a good thick doona cover, but yeah in summer if I don’t limit my layers than I end up dripping sweat while I’m sleeping- so not pretty!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      July 5, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      A sweaty sleep is so not fun!xx

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