Given that one of the most popular hashtags on Twitter today was #toohottosleep- it's likely that many couples didn't have the most comfortable night last night.

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If you're dreading this evening- here are some top tips from Silentnight's sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan. She says: "We all love summer and the long evenings, but the increased temperatures can make it harder to sleep well, which can have a detrimental effect on our health, relationships and work.

She added: "A good night's sleep is important in order to process information throughout the day as well as to repair and rebalance the body physically and mentally. Ideally, in order for us to sleep well, there needs to be a fractional temperature difference between our body and our brain - a warm body and a cool head!"

Top tips for keeping it cool at bedtime:

Stop your bedroom over-heating during the day by keeping curtains and blinds closed- Make sure the last one to leave the house keeps the curtain closed when they leave- or if you slept with the curtains and blinds open- ensure that the last one to vacate your home pulls them closed.

Wash your feet with cold water before getting into bed, and run your wrists under cold water- Even if this means both sitting with your feet in a bowl of cold water while watching the last of your favourite TV show- so be it.

Use light bed sheets and a summer duvet - 4.5 Tog recommended- If you don't own one that is this light- you may want to take a shopping trip together- or take your duvet out of the cover and use that as a sheet.

Stay well hydrated during the day-Whoever is in charge of getting the packed lunches ready- pack an extra bottle of water with your lunch and snacks. When you get in from work- instead of your usual cup of tea or coffee- have a large glass of water together while you're catching up on each other's events of the day.

Don't fret too much if you can't sleep and your partner can- Use the time to rest and think positive thoughts, then you will be extra productive the day after.

Dr Nerina has also come up with some slightly 'alternative' methods you can try to help you cool down at night. Here are the top quirky tips to try:

Use a fan and place it so that it is blowing the air over a tray of ice - this will cool the room down as the ice melts

Keep a plant mister containing water by your bed to spray on your face during the night

Place a wet flannel in the fridge for an hour or so before getting into bed and lay it on your forehead to help you drift off

Sleep in cool wet socks or even a damp T-shirt

Chill your pillow cases in the freezer before getting into bed.

For more sleep tips from sleep expert, Dr Nerina visit Silentnight Sleep Toolkit

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