April 4, 2014
It’s the hottest time of the year again! While most people look forward to spending their summer days soaking up the sun and hitting the waves at the beach, the nights are a completely different story. Sure, having a comfortable foam bed helps a lot, but falling asleep and staying asleep in the heat can still prove to be a bit of a challenge when the humidity is at an uncomfortable level. Many turn to air-conditioning to escape the heat, but not everyone has the option to use it every night.
If you are one of those people who can’t turn to good ‘ol AC for comfort, here are five tips that may help you get the good night’s sleep you need.
There’s a reason why cotton is recommended for people with skin allergies – cotton is cooling, comfortable, soft, and is very breathable. Wearing loose, lightweight cotton, from your underwear to your shirt and shorts, will prevent heat from being trapped underneath your clothes and sweat from sticking to your skin. Cotton sheets on your mattress will also do its part in promoting ventilation.
A surprisingly popular method is sleeping on damp sheets or in damp clothes. Spraying cool water on your sheets or clothes and allowing it to air-dry while you try to get some shut-eye will help you stay cool for a longer time. Alternatively, you can soak your sheets and stick it in the dryer, or wring it out enough to keep it from dripping wet.
If you find it comfortable enough to do so, sleeping in spread-eagle means you won’t accumulate as much body heat and sweat between your limbs, ergo, you’ll be much cooler. But this also means, if you’re sleeping with a significant other, that it would be better to save the cuddling for a colder night.
Hear us out before waving this off as a crazy idea. A hot water bottle is excellent in helping you stay warm in the cold nights of December, but did you know it works equally as well in the summer? Just place cold water instead of hot in the bottle and stick it in the freezer for a while to turn it into an ice pack.
Air conditioners, though an easy way to escape the heat, can be really expensive if you think about the electricity bill it runs up. Make a more environmentally-friendly and cheaper ‘air-conditioner’ by placing a big bowl of ice directly in the path of your fan.
Being well-rested is essential if you want to make the most of your summer days, so try these simple tips (in addition to other ways to improve your sleeping habits) in order for you to survive this summer’s sizzling nights. Remember to also keep yourself constantly hydrated throughout the day – we guarantee that you’ll be catching up on your Zs in no time.