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Doctor Warns Against Getting A Cold Shower Before Bed To Try And Cool Down

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Doctor Warns Against Getting A Cold Shower Before Bed To Try And Cool Down

A doctor has warned against getting a cold shower to try and cool down during the heatwave.

Yep, in case you haven't noticed it's a bit hot right now - in fact, it's so hot the Met Office has released its first ever 'extreme heat' weather warning for the UK with some parts of England being hit with temperatures as high as 33°C.

And with it being boiling right now, you might think an icy cold shower sounds like it could be just the trick to help you cool you down enough to get some sleep, right?

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Credit: ITV
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But Doctor Sarah Jarvis has previously warned it's best to opt for a cool shower rather than a freezing cold one.

She says as the water evaporates off your skin you'll definitely start to feel cooler. Perfect.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain last year, Dr Jarvis gave her opinion on viewers' tips.

She said: "We don't necessarily want to have a really cold shower.

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"If you have a cool shower and then allow the water to evaporate off your skin, so you don't open the doors to the shower and just stand there as the water evaporates, that will definitely help cool you down."

She also warned against putting ice directly onto the skin as it can cause ice burns - not ideal.

Dr Jarvis said: "Please don't forget, never put ice directly onto your skin because that can cause ice burns.

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"But a cool flannel around your neck, and possibly putting sheets in the freezer, but again, not risking any ice burns, can also help."

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Credit: PA

Meanwhile, sleep expert James Wilson - who calls himself The Sleep Geek - told LADbible some of his top tips for sleeping during the heatwave.

He said: "During the day, open windows on either side of the house. Get a nice airflow through and when direct sunlight is in a room, ensure the blinds or curtains are closed.

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"Have a bath or shower in the hour before bed, or a great tip is to fill a hot water bottle with lukewarm water and place your bare feet on it. This will raise your temperature slightly and then it will drop, helping your body prepare for sleep."

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Credit: Storyblocks

But he went on to say it's our mindsets that can actually be our biggest obstacle to a good night's sleep - adding: "I find the biggest issue many of us run into in the hot weather is our mindset.

"We convince ourselves that it is just too hot and that we won't sleep tonight. This then leads onto how awful it will be tomorrow if we don't sleep tonight and before you know it, you have caused your heart rate to rise and you have talked yourself into sleeping poorly.

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"My advice is not to worry too much about it. We live in the UK, at some point the weather will break and it will cool down again. Until then just try and get the best sleep you can."

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Topics: Interesting, UK

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