Surviving hot summer nights

We al know the feeling – can’t sleep because of the heat. The sheets cling to you because you’re sweaty. And let’s not forget about the mosquitoes!

Now what to do if you don’t have an air-conditioner? We’ve got some ideas.

Go for cotton

Save the satin, silk and polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-coloured bed linens made of lightweight cotton are breathable and helps with ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.

Freeze it

Put your sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before you got to bed. It’s a good idea to put them in a plastic bag first, otherwise your sheets might smell of the food in the fridge!

DIY icepack

Fill a empty cooldrink bottle with water, pop it in the freezer and you have an icepack!


Put your fan facing the window so that it pulls the hot air out of room, rather than just blowing hot air around.

TIP Keep an open bowl of water next to the fan. The will help keep the air moist so you don’t wake up with dry sinuses.

Go Egyptian

The so-called ‘Egyptian method’ means you dampen a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. Place the damp sheets on top of dry towels to you don’t soak the mattress.

Loose is lekker

Wear a loose, soft cotton T-shirt or pyjamas. Cotton is breathable, so the material won’t trap heat on your body.

DIY aircon

Put a shallow bowl or pan (an ovendish will also work perfectly) full of ice in front of your fan. The fan’s breeze will be cool, and as the ice melts, the breeze will turn into a refreshing cooling mist.

Instant cool down

Feeling dizzy from the heat? Put ice packs or cold compresses on your pulse points – wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles and behind the knees. This will quickly give you relief.

All by myself

Sleeping alone is way better for staying cool. Cuddling with your partner increases body heat, making both of you even hotter and the bed even stickier.


Drink a glass of cool water before bed. Sweating at night can make you dehydrated and feeling even worse.

Cool off

A quick, cold shower will bring down your core body temperature and rinse off sweat, so you’ll feel cool and clean when you go to bed.

Keep it dark

Light bulbs give off heat. Fortunately, summer means more daylight time, so use the natural light as much as possible.

Hang it

Hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window – this will cool down a whole room, especially if there is a breeze.

Read more: Keeping your little ones cool

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