REPOST: Keep Cool at Night


23rd July 2019 Time to dust off this post again.

This weather is no fun at night. Remember when you’d go on holiday, particularly somewhere hot, and get off the plane and walk into a rippling wall of heat? This is currently what it feels like in the UK.

However, there is a solution. Read on and keep your cool.

The downside to the current heat wave in the UK is that the nights are swelteringly hot and sticky.

This isn’t the most elegant solution, but it does work. I first did this when I was suffering from night sweats and thought I was going to melt into the bed.

Here’s what to do:

  • Take one clean tea towel – one of those cotton ones used to dry glasses.
  • Rinse it in cold water.
  • Wring it out just enough so it doesn’t drip.
  • Lie down.
  • Place over lower legs.
  • And sleep!

Tea towel - John Lewis

I promise it will cool you down instantly.

A fluffy towel won’t work as it’s too heavy.

As an alternative, I did use two muslin cloths (you know, the Liz Earle ones), one on each leg, VERY cooling, but a bit faffy if you turn over or shift onto your side.

Sleep well!


I’m doing this right now (with the fan on as well), and do you know what? I’m as cool and as comfortable as could be!


  1. 41andcounting
    July 15, 2013 / 5:28 pm

    Top tip! My legs get so fidgety in this heat!

    • July 15, 2013 / 5:39 pm

      I know, me too!

      I draped the muslin cloths over each foot last night and I was too cold!

  2. June 29, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Used this when I was sweltering in Rome in September 2013. Saved my sanity – thanks again!

    • June 29, 2015 / 11:54 am

      You’re welcome Julie.

      I got married in Rome in October (1990!) and it was boiling hot, I wish I knew about this tip then!

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