Guide 3: Sleeping well in the tropical weather

Having a good nights’ rest is important.

We need adequate rest to function throughout the day and also to repair and rebalance the body, both physically and mentally. It can become stressful when you’re unable to drift off to and to stay asleep. This is especially so in the tropical weather, when the temperatures in the evening and nights may be a weathering 34 degrees centigrade. You need to keep cool (physically and mentally) to fall asleep.

We have some tips for you to keep cool and sleep well:

  • Stop your bedroom overheating during the day by keeping curtains and blinds closed. By doing so, you are also saving electricity and reducing carbon emissions.
  • Switch on the ceiling fan – to ensure that the air is well circulated, keeping the room cool.
  • Shower under cold water before getting into bed to lower your body temperature.
  • Use breathable bed linens and a light duvet. You might also want to consider using a duvet cover without an insert, to keep the temperature of the sleeping surface low.
  • Place a wet towel in the fridge for an hour or so before getting into bed and lay it on your forehead to help you drift off to sleep
  • Stay well hydrated during the day. 7 – 8 glasses of water each day, as recommended by the doctors!
  • Chill your pillowcase in the freezer before getting into bed
  • Sleep in pajamas made with breathable and eco-friendly material – such as cotton.
  • Don’t worry too much if you can’t sleep – use the time to rest and think of your next holiday or family excursion. Positive thoughts ease you into bed.
  • Tomorrow will be a better day!
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