A hot drink might be the last thing you want before bed in this heatwave, and trust us, you’re not alone. But according to scientists, it’s exactly what you need to cool you down and get rid of that unconformable, sweaty feeling that has been preventing us all from having a good night’s sleep.
Not convinced? Hear us out…
While there has been plenty to enjoy recently thanks to our surprise summer climate – sunbathing in the garden, a sun-soaked daily stroll through the local park – the British heatwave has also become detrimental to our sleeping pattern, with many struggling to dose off at night due to the soaring temperatures in their homes.
However, Ollie Jay, a researcher at University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics, knows just how to combat the heat and believe it or not, it involves drinking a hot drink before bedtime.
As part of a 2012 study on body heat, Jay conducted a series of experiments to find out the effects hot drinks have on our overall body temperature. During his study, he and his team found that drinking something hot when temperatures are high actually cools you down as it results ‘in a lower amount of heat stored inside your body.’
As the hot liquid makes contact with the body’s temperature receptors, the brain tells the body to produce more sweat. That sweat then cools on the surface of the skin, which ultimately makes our entire body feel cooler.
However, it’s important to note that this only works if there is a slight breeze in the room to allow the sweat to evaporate, which also means you shouldn’t wear long sleeves and trousers as this could block the evaporation process.
So, there you have it – ditch the tall glass of ice cold water on your bedside table and replace it with a hot mug of tea. Or even better, a pint of warm milk, which is said to not only cool you down but to help your body produce serotonin and melatonin hormones that help you to sleep. Just don’t forget to crack open a window and wear minimal clothing to bed for the process to work.
We’ll definitely be testing this out tonight.