We sleep best in moderately cool rooms while our core body temperature is slightly lower. Hot summer nights frustrate our restful sleep. Wanna know how to sleep like a baby in hot weather without turning on the AC? Here’s a truckload of tips, tricks, and hacks to beat the heat during hot summer nights.
1. Choose cotton
Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.
2. Feel the freezer burn
Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend placing them in a plastic bag first (unless eu de frozen pizza is your fave aromatherapy scent). Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.
3. Go old-school
Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Us neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
4. Hang a Wet Sheet in Front of Your Window
Why stop at soaking the sheets you’re sleeping in? Try this tip next time you decide to sleep with the window open. First soak a sheet in cold water, then hang it in front of your window by your bed.
The hot air coming in through the window will pass through this cool sheet and will lessen the heat that enters your room. Pretty cool, right?
5. Drink cold water throughout the night
Put a cold thermos flask on your night- stand and take a few sips of ice-cold water throughout the night. You bet these ice cold drops will be appreciated. Sprinkle some drops on your overheated body and that of your partner for extra cooling.
6. Disconnect Before Bed
Ok, so this may sound a bit dramatic and we can’t expect you to be unplugged all the time, but turning off your electrical appliances from your computers to your TV can save you from some extra heat, and may even lower your electric bill a little too.
Turning off unnecessary appliances when they are not in use even when you’re not at home can keep your home cool while you’re away.
Ready to get some cool summer sleep?
Use these tips to your benefit and before you know it you will, hum yourself to sleep on the notes of Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.