THERE'S nothing more frustrating than feeling absolutely exhausted yet somehow completely unable to fall asleep.
And the more we toss and turn, the worse it gets… right?
Well, add a heatwave – like the one we have coming up this week in the UK – into the mix and we can pretty much kiss those precious eight hours of kip goodbye.
Or at least, that's what we thought was going to happen before stumbling upon this pretty nifty life hack.
Speaking to The Independent, Silentnight's sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan explained: "A good night’s sleep is important in order to process information throughout the day as well as to repair and re-balance the body physically and mentally."
What's more, the expert stressed the importance of not overheating in the night – which can disrupt your sleep.
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She added: "Ideally, in order for us to sleep well, there needs to be a fractional temperature difference between our body and our brain – a warm body and a cool head!"
In order to do this, Dr Ramlakhan recommended filling a whole roasting pan with ice and putting it somewhere in your bedroom.
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Alternatively, fill a hot water bottle with icy water and place it over your body's "cooling points" – i.e. your elbows, ankles, knees and wrists.
Another option is to run your wrists under cold water after you've finished brushing your teeth so you're nice and cool when you get into bed.
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If you're still struggling to drift off, the expert also suggested filling an old perfume bottle with water, leaving it to chill in the fridge all day and then spritzing on your skin in the night.
Using this same logic, put a wet flannel in the fridge an hour or so before you go to bed and then place it on your forehead to combat the heat.
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