How to stay cool when sharing your bed during a heatwave, according to experts

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With the UK experiencing a blistering heatwave all this week, we've all been tossing and turning uncomfortably in our beds as temperatures continue to soar.

After a dull, wet start to the year, the sunshine is in some ways a welcome addition, but it sure does make it an absolute nightmare to kip in.

Everyone will undoubtedly be feeling the wrath of the blazing temperatures, but for some, their efforts could amount to nothing if they're sharing a bed with a partner who doubles up as a human radiator.

OK! spoke to a number of experts, who revealed exactly which steps are worth taking if you're struggling to doze off whilst sharing your bed.

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Invest in a cheaper alternative to air con

If you've been lusting after an expensive air conditioning system for years, but can't justify the price, Erin Bullions, Sustainability Expert at Bulb suggests opting for an air cooler.

She told us: "Air coolers are known to be more environmentally friendly and more economical as they use less electricity than traditional air conditioning units.

"They operate in the same way to produce cool fresh air that is blown out using a fan – resulting in less energy consumption than air conditioners which continuously circulate air and need more energy to run."

Place a ban on the cuddles

Cara Thien, founder of sexual wellness brand Dani Pepper suggests couples should resist the urge to snuggle whilst the temperatures are still soaring.

She explains the temporary cuddling ban is order to reduce body temperature: "Sure, this may suck for those who love to snuggle up at night, but if you want to keep cooler, you should avoid it."

"Make sure there is enough room in the bed for you to not be touching each other – nobody wants that sticky skin when trying to sleep! "

Cara explained: "Depending on how hot you are, you could also sleep with separate blankets, if you want to stay in the same bed. That way you're not fighting over a thick duvet or a thin one! Or, ditch your duvet all together. That's probably more simple.

Freeze your bedding

A very effective summer sleep hack for partners sharing a bed is to chill your sheets and pillowcases.

"Around half an hour before your bedtime, pop your bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet cover (if you're still sleeping with a duvet!) into a sealed bag in the freezer." Says Erin.

She continued: "Once you're ready for bed, you can then lay them down, and this will help both of you to fall asleep faster."

Ditch your duvet

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that duvet trap in the heat, it's what makes them so incredible during the winter.

Neil Wright of Bed Divans told us: "Two bodies means twice as much heat trapped under the sheets, so an obvious solution would be to ditch your duvet to allow more heat to escape."

Chucking them off and replacing with a light, linen blanket could be a great alternative, always opting for natural materials.

But if you're too much of a duvet lover who can't face sleeping without one, ensure you have the right kind for you.

Emily and Jonathan Attwood, founders of duvet and bedding store Scooms explained: "Opt for natural bedding and avoid synthetic materials.

"Naturally breathable duvet fillings like goose down offer four times better air circulation than synthetic fillers whilst 100 per cent cotton sheets will help with temperature regulation whilst wicking away any moisture, helping you both to stay cooler and sleep better."

They continued: "Lowering your duvet tog to a lighter weight during the summer will help keep both of you cooler in bed.

"We always recommend a 5.5 or lower tog duvet for the summer months, but if one or both of you are hot sleepers, then going for an ultra lightweight 2.5 tog will keep you cool throughout the night."


Cold showers for all

If you and your partner take a cold shower just before heading into bed, that'll help bring your whole body's temperature down before settling to sleep.

Cara explained: "Take a cool shower (this could be together!) before getting into bed, so you're not sweaty and sticky when getting under (or over!) the covers."

Linen is your best friend

According to a performance study by the University of Lorraine, France, linen achieved the highest score for airflow through the fabric in comparison to other regularly used bedding materials, making it the perfect choice for all your bedding this summer.

Jessica Mason, linen expert and founder of Piglet explained: "We sleep best when we are kept comfortably cool and dry, two of linen’s intrinsic technical feats.

"Linen sheets are also non-allergenic, meaning they can help with Hayfever symptoms which may still be apparent in the nighttime!"

Say no to nudity

Yup, it doesn't sound scientifically possible, but sleeping naked will actually make you feel hotter in bed during a heatwave.

If you, your partner, or the both of you have been sleeping nude, consider investing in some PJs made from light, quality fabrics.

We spoke to Dr Verena Senn, Sleep Expert at Emma – The Sleep Company, who explained: "It’s common sense to think the lesser the better when you’re hot, but when it comes to nighttime clothing it’s actually better to wear pyjamas, as long as they are natural cotton."

She added: "This is because cotton actually helps your skin breathe, while absorbing your sweat during the night."

Block out the sun

Prevention is always better than the cure, so keeping your bedroom (and yourselves) cool during the day is always preferable.

Erin explained: "It might sound counter-intuitive, but keep all blinds, curtains and exterior shutters closed during the day, particularly in your bedroom.

"This prevents direct sunlight entering the home and keeps rooms cool."

Once the sun has gone down, Erin suggests: "opening the windows and curtains [as it] will allow cool air to circulate the room – ready for the next working day."

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