WITH temperatures set to reach a high of 28 degrees in Bradford today, currently keeping us awake during this heatwave, it may seem like there is no way to stop the heat from preventing us having a good night’s sleep.

Keeping your bed at a comfortable temperature may feel hard to do, so to help the millions of people who suffer in sweaty silence during the hot weather, sleep experts at luxury bedroom retailer The French Bedroom Company have devised clever summer hints, tips and hacks to keep those covers cool:

1. Utilise hot water bottles

Fill a hot water bottle with ice cold water then place it in your bed, this will lower your body temperature as you fall asleep as well as making the sheets feel nicer.

2. Freeze bedding

Want to make your bedding colder? Then take off your sheets and pop them into the freezer, removing just before bedtime – bliss! You can also add ice packs into your pillowcases when you go to sleep to keep them chilled.

3. TOG down for summer

Achieving the optimum sleep temperature of around 18°C, can be a challenge on those long, warm summer evenings. Opting for thin cotton sheets or choosing a lower Tog rated duvet of between 1 - 4.5 will keep you cooler under the covers.

4. Target the heat zones

When choosing a pillow, think about replacing your snug, fluffy winter pillow with a firmer alternative. The head is one of the hottest areas of the body and a firm pillow will allow the heat to disperse easier.

5. Get the right bedding kit

Natural fibres are essential when choosing pillowcases or sheets. Cotton, linen and silk sheets have breathable qualities which cool down your skin in the night, as well as absorbing your sweat and drawing it away from you, helping it to evaporate.

6. Use the fan as a hack

As well as having a fan to help you drift off, you can place a bowl of ice cubes in front of it to achieve the cool breeze and air conditioning experience. Alternatively try a cold wet flannel over the fan as this will have a similar effect. Place this next to your bed for some time in the evening and it will make your bed feel a nice temperature for when you head off to sleep.

Georgia Metcalfe, co-founder and creative director of The French Bedroom Company advises: “We love nothing more than those long, balmy sunny days, but those long sleepless summer nights come at a cost and can be a nightmare for millions.

“Creating the right sleep environment at this time of the year just requires a bit of careful planning and preparation, especially if the thought of buying an expensive air conditioning unit remains a distant dream.”