The long days of summer and warm nights might be enjoyable to some, but one thing is certain, no one enjoys sweaty sleepless nights. If air conditioning, a fan, or an open window isn’t doing the trick to keep you cool while you sleep here are a few other options you might want to consider.
Try to keep your bedroom at about 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that you think of your bedroom as a cave. It should be cool, quiet, and dark. This will help you sleep better all night long.
Make sure your bed is in a good location within the room. You don’t want your bed to be in direct sunlight all day long as it will warm up the mattress. If you can, position your bed so that it is out of the sun and away from the window if possible.
Wear loose-fitting clothing when you sleep at night. Lightweight, natural, and breathable fabrics are best. Cotton clothing can trap heat so look for other alternatives such as silk, bamboo, or other moisture-wicking options to help keep you cool.
Upgrade your sheets
Allow your bed to breath. Lightweight sheets are best for keeping a bed well ventilated in the summer. Sleep experts recommend natural fibers like bamboo, cotton, or other high-tech wicking fabrics. Remove duvets or heavy blankets from your bed. Using lighter sheets and blankets can help regulate body temperature throughout the night.
Freeze the sheets
Try freezing your sheets in a plastic bag for 30 or 40 mins and then place them on your bed right before you go to sleep. Although they will not stay cool the entire night it might help keep you cool within the first few hours of you trying to fall asleep. Also, you can try an old Egyptian technique of wetting your top bed sheet. Simply wet your top sheet with cool water and then wring it out. Place the cool sheet on you when you go to sleep. This has the same cooling effect as a cool wet washcloth and may help you sleep.
Take a cool shower
A cool shower right before bed may sound uncomfortable but it may help cool your body heat down before bedtime. If you are overheated, you won’t sleep well so you’ll want to make sure your body temperature is regulated before bed.
Keep air flowing
Create a cross breeze in the room if you can. Set up a fan or two so that air can flow over your bed or circulate the air in the room. Also, a ceiling fan above your bed can be helpful.
Summer is far from over! Don’t spend the rest of it uncomfortable at night. We hope some of these tips will help you sleep better and cooler. If you’d like help finding the right mattress this summer to help keep you cool at night come on in and see us. Our sales representatives are always happy to help you with any of your mattress needs.
Randy opened America the Beautiful Dreamer in Boise, Idaho November 1989.