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People swear by hot water bottle hack for sleeping in a heatwave

People swear by hot water bottle hack for sleeping in a heatwave

The 'cold hot water bottle hack' is changing lives during the ongoing heatwave

A hot water bottle hack has been doing the rounds online during this ongoing hot weather and people have been swearing by it to get some much needed sleep at night.

The UK is currently undergoing a very belated heatwave to mark the end of summer, with temperatures in some areas being predicted to surge to 32°C this week.

While the majority of Brits have been rejoicing and soaking in that much needed Vitamin D, there's plenty out there who have been struggling their way through the humidity.

And when it comes to sleeping at night in our homes that are designed to keep us warm during the usually cold British temperatures? Forget about it.

Sleeping without a properly installed air conditioning system is near impossible in this heat and humidity, and those cheap Argos fans don't do much good either.

But thankfully, social media is here to help and a resurfaced tweet containing a 'hot water bottle hack' has been doing the rounds that people have been hailing as a 'god send'.

Time to get those fans out!
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Twitter user, James Uscroft, shared the 'cold water bottle hack' on the social media site during the heatwave of 2020, and it is still changing lives to three years on.

Flipping the normal usage for a hot water bottle on its head (to keep us warm on those cold winter nights), the trick basically sees your standard hottie filled with cold water instead and popped in the fridge or freezer for a few hours.

Come bedtime, you have a nice cold bottle to cuddle up to and help cool you down.

Sounds genius, if you ask us! And clearly people on Twitter agree, with one saying: "I've been doing that for a few days. Makes sleeping a lot easier."

And another said: "This is just simply great. Thanks for the amazing idea!"

This hot water bottle hack during a heat wave is a god send!

Tyla got in touch with James Wilson - aka The Sleep Geek - to find out if he'd recommend the trick and interestingly, James thinks you should avoid making your water bottle too cold so you're able to slip into a comfortable sleep.

"Hot water bottles can be your friend in terms of getting better sleep during this hot weather, but the water should be lukewarm rather than cold," he explained.

"If something is really cold it will shock us and put our body into an awake mode (think about how you would feel if you jumped into a cold bath)."

James then advised: "Instead, in the hour before bed fill the hot water bottle with lukewarm water, place your bare feet upon it, and your body will have a little rise in core temperature and then it will cool down (very much like having a warm bath or shower) and this will help you fall asleep and stay asleep."

You can thank us later!

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Topics: Hacks, Life, UK News, Sleep, Weather