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Finding it hard to get to sleep in the hot weather? Here are some hacks to help beat the heatistock

Crack out the ice, your makeshift fans and sun cream because summer 2017 has decided to hit the UK a little prematurely this year.

In case you somehow hadn't noticed, it's quite hot outside right now and with potentially warmer months ahead, it might be sensible to prepare yourself for a scorching summer.

But while barbecue plans and beer purchases no doubt seem like an immediate priority, a shindig under the blazing sun won't be quite as entertaining if you've missed out on a good night's sleep.

Trying to catch some essential shut eye in the sweltering heat can be a literal nightmare, but thankfully there are a number of ways you can beat it with these clever hot weather hacks:

Turn your hot water bottle into a cold one

Flip the conventions of the hot water bottle and make it a multi-seasonal treat. Fill up your hot water bottle with cold water, put it in the freezer for a few hours, put the cover back on, and take it to bed with you. The compression will last for at least a couple of hours, leaving you with enough time to drift off to sleep in the cool.

Freeze your pyjamas or bed sheets

If you feel like you could fry an egg on your skin, it might be time to get creative with your cooling techniques; putting your pyjamas in a carrier bag and popping them into the freezer for 20 minutes or so might just do the trick.

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Freeze your pyjamas to get your body temperature down.iStock

Similarly, putting your bed sheets into a carrier bag and freezing them for a while will work wonders for lowering your temperature in bed.

Use cotton bed sheets

Ditch the satin, silk, or polyester sheets and opt for lighter cotton or linen bedding as they're more breathable materials, offering you more ventilation as you sleep.

Kick your partner out of bed

Sharing the bed with a partner simply may not be worth it on warm nights; you don't need that extra body heat and you'll be getting hot and sweaty in all the wrong ways. Sleeping apart may be the best option for both of you, so try to make use of your spare room or the sofa.

Turn off as many plug sockets as possible

Chargers of your electricals and gadgets generate a surprising amount of heat, so turn off as many as feasibly possible - you'll be shocked at how much cooler your room will be.

Sleep low down

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Sleeping lower to the ground could keep you cool.iStock

It's a well-known fact that heat rises, so sleeping as low down as possible is the best place for you in the heat. This could mean sleeping on the floor or sleeping in a lower down room in the house. Sounds strange but it can definitely help!

Nap whenever you can

If you're not getting enough sleep in the hot weather, you'll likely be racking up what's known as sleep debt. This is the accumulative amount of sleep which you've missed out on and it can cause some serious health problems in the long-term. If you're lucky enough to be able to, try having an afternoon siesta whenever you can to catch up on your sleep.

Try a lavender spray

Fill up a spray bottle with cold water and lavender and spray onto your bedding as much as desired. Not only does the scent of lavender promote sleep, but the water solution will act as a cooling agent.

Eat earlier in the day

Digesting food raises your body temperature, so don't eat a large meal in the hours before you go to bed. Instead, try having a bigger lunch and having a lighter snack in the evening.

Exercise earlier in the day

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Get your exercise done earlier, or because it's ridiculously hot, skip it altogether.iStock

Be sure to engage in any exercise earlier than usual as it takes your body a long while to cool down after strenuous activity. This could leave you feeling hot and sticky in bed so keep the running, walking, and sports to the daylight hours.

Got a fan? Then up the ante

We all know that having a fan in your bedroom helps to cool you when you're trying to sleep, but why not up the ante? Put a bucket of iced water below the fan so that it blows even cooler air around the room.

Camp in the garden

If you have a safe area outside where you can camp, make use of it by setting up a bedroom outside, using a tent or a simple hammock. Not only is camping a novelty, but you'll be endlessly cooler outside than inside - just be sure to protect yourself against insect bites.

Keep the curtains closed during the day

Keeping your curtains drawn during the day ensures that as little warmth as possible gets into your home.

Decrease your body temperature

When your body is preparing to sleep, your temperature drops slightly. When it's hot outside, signal to your body that it's time to go to sleep by cooling off with a cold shower. Even if you can't handle a cold shower, a lukewarm one will still help you to drift off quicker.

Avoid alcohol

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You might be gasping for a beer, but avoid alcohol.iStock

People generally drink more alcohol in the warm weather because of the increase in social events like barbecues. Although alcohol allows you to fall asleep quickly, it actually disturbs the quality of sleep that you get which is just as important, so try to avoid it in the hours before bedtime.

Thanks to SleepyPeople's infographic for the summer night sleeping tips.