Hot weather: Why you shouldn't sleep naked

Experts warn that sleeping nude in the hot weather will make you warmer than sleeping in pyjamas. (Getty Images)
Experts warn that sleeping nude in the hot weather will make you warmer than sleeping in pyjamas... (Getty Images)

As the UK undergoes the most scorching day of the year, how our sleep will be affected in this hot weather is a common concern.

The predicted highs of 34C will be coupled with at a hot night (considering very few UK homes have air conditioning, an uncomfortable environment for sleeping), as will any other days this summer where we see the temperatures soar.

There are numerous hacks that do the rounds each time the sun is glaring (frozen pillows, frozen hot water bottles, not opening the curtains or windows during the day... we’ve tried them all) but there’s one way to cool down that experts advise against: sleeping naked.

Sleeping sans clothes might seem like a good idea, but experts suggest it actually makes you hotter.

Read more: UK weather: What happens to your body when it gets too hot?

“Sleeping naked always seems to be the answer for most people when it comes to uninterrupted sleep in the heat, but this is a myth,” Christabel Majendie, resident sleep expert at Naturalmat reveals.

As it turns out, wearing pyjama fabrics draws sweat away from your body and makes you feel a lot cooler and more comfortable.

“When you sleep naked sweat actually collects on the body and then remains there. The fabric in pyjamas will wipe the moisture away from the body so sleeping naked doesn’t help you to cool down at all,” Majendie explains.

But this rule doesn’t apply to babies. The Lullaby Trust advises parents that babies will be fine to sleep in just a nappy during hot weather, as well as other tips.

Read more: Hot weather fitness mistakes we're all making

Watch: Study finds what sleeping naked may reveal about you?

The National Sleep Foundation advises that keeping windows, blinds and curtains closed during the day will help keep the hot temperature out.

It’s also worth considering that sleeping with a fan on all night might be bad for your health.

Read more: Why sleeping with a fan on might be bad for your health

According to Sleep Advisor, sleeping with a fan can spread allergies, cause dry skin and contribute to sore muscles.

It seems there’s a big list of things we shouldn’t do in order to keep cool during hot weather, but is there any sage pieces of advice we should try out to stop us from tossing and turning into the evening?

If you live in a multi-storey building, you will already know that heat rises (yes, that’s why your room is sweltering) so it might be worth considering moving downstairs if you can, the National Sleep Foundation recommends.

Creating a temporary bedroom in your lounge might not be the most practical living arrange in the long term, but if you’ve got a too-hot-to-handle bedroom on your hands, it’s time to get inventive.