Do you struggle to sleep during hot summer nights? It can be hard to get rest when you feel sticky, sweaty, or just generally overheated. If this is you, though, you’re in luck! There are many ways to cool down at night, so you can get the rest you need.
1) Choose the Right Bed and Bedding
When you are choosing your mattress and your bedding, think cool. Natural fibers, like cotton, will keep you cooler than synthetic ones will. Also, certain types of mattress materials, like memory foam, are known for holding heat. If you want to have the best chance of staying cool in bed, make sure your foam is designed not to retain heat or get yourself an innerspring mattress instead.
2) Use Your Freezer
If you can’t afford new sheets or you don’t like sleeping on natural fibers, try putting your sheets in the freezer before you sleep on them. You don’t have to unmake your bed and then make it again every night. Place a single sheet in the freezer for up to an hour before you go to sleep, then make sure that sheet is the one up against your body when you’re trying to rest.
3) Get a Hot Water Bottle
Sounds counterintuitive, right? Why would you want something hot in bed with you in the middle of summer? The thing is, hot water bottles can serve a dual purpose. Sure, you can fill them with warm water, and they’ll keep your bed warmer in the winter, but you can also fill them with cool water or even fill them and freeze them to help keep your bed cooler in the summertime.
4) Let the Outside In
Unless it’s hot outside all night long, the chances are that, by the time you go to bed, the air out there is cooler than the air inside. Once it cools down, you can open as many windows and doors as you can to get that cool air inside. If it’s safe, leave some of these open all night long. You can crack your door and lock your screen so the whole house can cool down.
5) Invest in a Fan
Sure, fans aren’t perfect, but they create a breeze when natural ones don’t exist. Ceiling fans offer an opportunity to circulate air in a large area, like in a room or even on an entire floor of your home. If you get a smaller fan, you can point it right at your body as you sleep, so it cools you all night long. You can also get creative in your use of fans. Set them in an open window to help pull in the cooler outdoor air, or turn them around in the window to help blow the hot air out.
6) Use a Poor Man’s A/C
Just because you don’t have an air conditioner doesn’t mean you can’t cool off fast. Set an uncovered bowl of ice in front of a fan. As the air blows over the ice, it will get cooler. This cooler air will blow onto you, cooling you just like an air conditioner would. By the time your bowl of ice runs out, you should be sound asleep.
7) Make a Cross Breeze
If you’re really hot, try setting up a cross breeze and lying right where the breezes intersect. You can set up two fans to blow across you from different directions, or set up a fan so it’s breeze crosses that of a window. Either way, you’ll get double the airflow.
8) Sleep in A Different Bedroom
Is your bedroom on the west side of the house, or does it have poor ventilation? You might sleep better in another room because you’ll be able to get cooler. Try to sleep in a room that’s on the northeast side of the building, if at all possible. These rooms will get less afternoon and evening sun and so will be cooler at night. Make sure your bedroom has good windows, too.
9) Unplug Your Electronics
Electronic devices generate heat when they’re plugged in, even if you’re not actively using them. Sure, the amount of heat they make is minimal, but it can make a big difference when it’s really, really hot. Be sure that you don’t unplug anything that you need, like your alarm clock!
10) Do it the Egyptian Way
It’s hot in Egypt and, for years, they didn’t have air conditioning. They learned to sleep cool, though, by wetting their sheets before they slept on them. Use an older sheet for this or one that you don’t mind getting wet. Dampen it, then squeeze out any extra water. You’ll either want to put this sheet on top of you or use a towel to protect your mattress.
11) Use Cold Water (Wisely…)
Soak the parts of your body where the blood is closest to the surface in cold water: your wrists and hands, feet and ankles, neck, and temples. If you want, you can use cool compresses rather than a soak, though this will not cool you down as effectively. Application of a cold compress will help cool your blood, which will then cool your body as it flows.
12) Make Some Changes to Your Home
If you are always hot at night and you’re planning to be in your current home for a while, it might be time to think about some home upgrades. Installing central air conditioning, better installation and some ceiling fans can make a huge difference when it comes to night time temperature. Sure, it’s an investment, but one that will pay off as you get the sleep you need all summer long.
You don’t have to roast in your own bed. Choose the right solutions for you based on your budget and living situation. Test them, and implement the ones that seem like they will work for you. Then curl up and enjoy good rest all summer long.