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Sleep Expert Shares Perfect Position To Sleep In During Heatwave

Shola Lee

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Sleep Expert Shares Perfect Position To Sleep In During Heatwave

A sleep expert has shared the perfect position for trying to sleep in this unbearable heat.

It's hot. It might be too hot, and if you're tired of the age-old sleeping with a fan on or fan off debate, we've got a new one for you - which position should you sleep in?

You know, so you're not tossing and turning all night with no covers and all the windows open.

How most of the UK slept last night. Credit: Alamy
How most of the UK slept last night. Credit: Alamy

Last night looks like it was the hottest night on record in the UK as temperatures remained at 25C in some places, beating the previous highest nighttime temperature of 23.9C.

Okay, now what do we do with that information?

Well, we can hardly cry - since we're trying to stay as hydrated as possible.

So, we defer to the experts, namely James Leinhardt, who founded Levitex a mattress and pillow brand - safe to say this guy knows about a good night's sleep.

So what does James suggest? Well, first things first: never sleep on your front.

Whatever you do, don't sleep on your front. Credit: Alamy
Whatever you do, don't sleep on your front. Credit: Alamy

We mean, who was doing that anyway? You're not a snake.

If on the off chance you do, you might want to reconsider. James said: "The position we lie in is the big factor we can control when it comes to staying cool at night.

"The best position is one we call 'the dreamer', which means lying in the semi-foetal position."

That's basically on your side with your legs at a bit of an angle, there are other options though, if 'the dreamer' isn't your cup of tea.

The different sleep positions you have to choose from. Credit: Levitex
The different sleep positions you have to choose from. Credit: Levitex

James continued: "Optimising your sleep posture with a supportive mattress and pillow will help preserve the position you go to sleep in for longer, whether it's semi foetal side lying ‘dreamer’, or lying on your back ‘star gazer’ (but never your front unless for medical reasons)."

The 'star gazer' is just laying on your back, but the name is way nicer than telling someone to just sleep normally.

At this point, James suggests you may be wondering: "Why is it so important? Because if you toss and turn at night, your heart rate variability goes up.

"This makes you warmer as more blood pumps around the body, so when temperatures are hotter, people generally get even warmer and more uncomfortable."

So, there you have it, be a dreamer, or a stargazer, but never a snake - that's not the name for sleeping on your front, but it absolutely should be.

Featured Image Credit: Pexels

Topics: Weather, News, UK News, Sleep

Shola Lee
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