Pop pillow in the fridge, says sleep expert

Post by George Dixon on 16th July 2013 in Refrigeration

Pop pillow in the fridge, says sleep expert

Is the current heatwave keeping you up at night? Does news that these temperatures could last for two months fill you with dread?

If so, you should be making sure you pop your pillow in the fridge well before hopping into bed. That's according to Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and author of Sound Asleep.

According to a report by The Guardian, Dr Idzikowski says there are a number of things householders can do to combat the warm weather and make sure they have a chilled night's sleep.

Along with leaving pillows in the refrigerator during the day, people can adopt Mediterranean techniques and leave their curtains and blinds closed during the day before opening windows at night once the air has cooled.

Dr Idzikowski said: "The body normally releases heat through hands, face and feet around the time of sleep onset, and usually continues to cool until around 4am. If anything prevents that decrease in temperature, then sleep quality is impaired and it is difficult to fall asleep."

Natural fibres are best when it comes to bed linen, he says, and if you really can't take the heat, try running your wrists under a cold tap, drying them and heading straight back to bed.

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