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Sleep tight - Cool Night


For those of you who have restless nights during the summer because its humid and you feel there is no air, maybe you struggle to breathe or you are soaked through and your head is screaming “I need to sleep”.  In the UK most of us do not have the luxury of air-conditioning in our bedrooms, if you are lucky you might have a ceiling fan or a bedside table fan or like me you rely on keeping the bedroom window open all night.  However, you may not be able to open a window because of noise or safety so here are a few simple tips that might make life easier.

Do some deep breathing exercises before you go to bed to help you relax.  Drink a glass of water before you go to bed this will help you stay hydrated through the night and have glass or carafe of water on your bedside table, so if you need to, you can have a drink.

Turn your hot water bottle into a cold-water bottle

Use cotton sheets, cotton pillows, cotton pillowcases and cotton nightwear as cotton is breathable it will not cause static and is will absorb perspiration.  Put wet face clothes or towels in a plastic bag in the fridge before bedtime then when you go to bed take them with you to cool pulses on your forehead, wrist, and feet.  If it helps put your nightwear in a plastic bag before you got to bed. Use a cool mat suitable for both adults and children.


Heat Source


Are a source of heat

Turn them off and unplug

Lymphoedema swelling can get worse during the summer months

Do not get too upset it will go down when the temperatures go down

Acknowledgement:  The Video is a partnership between Gaynor Leech L-W-O and Mary Fickling Director of PhysioPod UK

Page Created 22/05/2020

Last updated 22/05/2020