26 Jan 2018

Sleepless nights as mercury rises

3:21 pm on 26 January 2018

New Zealanders are getting hot and steamy under the sheets, but not in the amorous sense.

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Temperatures above 30°C have been felt across the country, and the hot weather is set to continue into next week.

Some Twitter users have offered their top tips on how to beat the summer heat.

If you've not fallen victim to the fan shortage, Nat Dudley recommends stripping off the duvet and using one of these:

For those not caught in the rental trap, you could follow Archie's Mum's advice:

Meanwhile, Jo is dampening down:

Turning to the experts, Massey University Sleep Wake Research Centre's Dr Karyn O'Keeffe said the heat makes it hard for the body's natural circadian rhythm to cool down before bed.

However, there are ways to trick the body.

"We have this natural cooling process that we can then mimic by increasing our body temperature slightly before bed. So a coolish, not too hot bath or shower can actually help with the initiation of sleep."

She said all that can be done once asleep, is to keep the bedroom as cool as possible.

She adds snuggling is also off the cards, although you may not feel like it anyway.

"What we know from missing out on sleep is our brain cells slow down, so we don't have the ability to communicate as effectively, make decisions and we can be short tempered, so our relationships can sometimes bear the brunt of it," she said.

She said the chances of injury and accident can also be increased as well.