Sunshine and sweet tea – summer is here! But for some, it’s summer time, and the sleeping isn’t so easy. Not only do summer nights keep you up with more daylight and fun, but the weather tends to keep you awake, too. Most of us toss and turn on hot, humid nights.
For most, air conditioning solves this issue – it keeps the room cool and provides white noise for optimal summer sleep. But for those who can’t/don’t have air conditioning, sleeping in the summer heat can cause issues. Here are some tips for sleeping this summer – with or without AC.
Use cotton sheets. Satin sheets absorb heat and make you sweat. According to this article, sticking sheets in the fridge or freezer a few minutes before bed will also help keep you cool.
Wear loose, cotton pajamas to keep you cool and prevent sweating. Experts recommend sleeping in shorts or a shirt, or – if you’d prefer – sleeping naked.
Don’t forget to hydrate! Keep a glass of water by your bed, and take a cold shower before sleeping. Both will reduce your body temperature and will help you stay cool throughout the night.
If you have the option, turn on a fan or open a window. Both will cool down the room throughout the night, helping you get a good night’s rest in high temperatures.
The hot water bottle you use during winter can be placed in the freezer, without its cover, to cool you down during the summer. Don’t use a water bottle? A damp washcloth or ice pack will do the trick. Place the cold item in the bed, or on your pulse points – wrist, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees – to cool your body down for sleep.
Other experts suggest playing relaxing music, and turning off the lights as early as possible to ensure sleep.
If you find yourself continuously having trouble sleeping, download the free Somnology MobileSleepDoc app and start tracking your way to better sleep. If you suffer from more serious sleep issues, monitoring your sleep on an on-going basis throughout the year is extremely important. Learn about the benefits of using Somnology’s Plex Sleep Scanner for getting detailed insights about your sleep patterns.