Beat the tossing, turning and night sweats with these five simple hacks for surviving the summer heat come bedtime...

Sleeping in the heat

1. Get freezer friendly

Pop your PJs and pillowcase in a plastic bag and then in the freezer for 10 minutes before bed and – voilà – you’ve got instant cooling relief when you hit the hay.

2. Swap your sheets

Satin sheets? Save them for the cooler months – it’s all about lightweight cotton bed linen now. Cotton is breathable, helping to ventilate under the covers, while satin, silk and polyester insulate the body and trap heat. And if your winter duvet is just too much, switch it up for a cotton sheet.

Sleeping in the heat - Bridget Jones

3. Back to basics

Put a large bowl of ice cubes in front of your bedroom cooling fan and tilt the fan towards the bowl. As the ice melts, the fan will pick up the water, blowing a cool mist around the room. Genius!

4. Hydrate from the inside out

Drink water throughout the day, and keep a large glass of water on your bedside table overnight. You’ll find the night-time heat a lot more bearable if you’re not suffering from dehydration.

5. Blinds down

The last thing we think we want to do when the sun bothers to make an appearance is shut it out… after all, we barely get a glimpse of it as it is. But when you head out to work, close the curtains/blinds and windows to keep rooms cool. Who wants to come home to a baking-hot oven after a sweat-inducing commute?