When summer comes to mind, we almost always focus on picnics, days lounging on the beach, and tasty iced drinks. But hot weather has a gnarly side, too. We’re talking about the real dog days of summer when intense heat and humidity make it impossible to sit comfortably, let alone sleep through the night.
The obvious solution for cool, calm, and REM-full sleeping is an air conditioner: These modern gizmos can keep a bedroom at the optimum sleep temperature (roughly between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit), plus provide some nice white noise to boot. But even small window units use up tons of energy and jack up monthly electric bills. So, what’s an environmentally-responsible, budget-conscious sleeper to do?
Living through a hot summer without A/C seems impossible but, hey, our grandparents did it all the time! Turns out, they learned a few things in the process.
Here are 8 tricks for surviving the hot summer nights:
1. Wear The Right Pajamas
Put away everything but the cotton. Cotton is light, airy, breathable, and soaks up moisture. Sleep in a pair of cotton shorts and a cotton tank top and you’ll never go back to those polyesters and silks again.
People have differing opinions about sleeping nude. Some say it doesn’t help because cotton soaks up the sweat, so when you sleep nude you’re not wearing any sweat-soaking clothes. It pretty much boils down to personal preference, especially if you’re sleeping on cotton sheets.
2. Sleep With And On Breezy Stuff
Try to sleep with only your sheet covers if it's really hot and try to switch to silk or satin pillows. These are better for your hair, really comfortable, and help you stay cooler. Wear loose, thin clothes, made out of silk, thin cotton, satin, or any fabric that lets your skin breathe.
3. Hang A Wet Sheet By A Window
If you hang a wet sheet by a window, a breeze that hits it will help cool your house down more quickly. No, it isn’t a free air conditioner, but it will work wonders so that you don’t have to rely on one.
4. Take A Shower
Before sleeping, shower in hot to warm water. At the end blast some cold water and feel instantly refreshed. Leave a bottle of your favorite body lotion in the fridge for around an hour before you shower. Apply this lotion to your body after showering and you will definitely feel soothed.
5. Use A Water Mist
Simply fill up a spray bottle with ice water and spritz it on your face, body, and around your room when you feel like it. This may seem really simple, but it does help and does a great job of cooling you down.
6. Turn Off The Lights And Electronics
When the sun sets, turn off as many lights and electronics as you can. They all generate heat and will heat the air around you without you even noticing. To keep the air around you as cool as possible, be mindful of the lights you leave on and the electronics you keep plugged in.
7. Change The Pillows
Buckwheat pillows are awesome for hot summer nights. The buckwheat doesn’t hold onto heat like the other more common types of pillow material, and the hulls have naturally occurring air spaces to allow a better airflow through the entire pillow.
You can also try filling a sock with rice, tying it and keeping it in the freezer for at least an hour before you go to bed. When it’s time to sleep, take it out and use it to cool your wrists and neck as you drift off. The rice kernels stay cooler longer than frozen water or vegetables, giving you a good 30 minutes of relief as you’re falling asleep.
8. Try a Different Mattress
It may feel a little ancient to make the switch, but straw and bamboo retain less heat than modern mattresses. Cots and hammocks are good options as well because the airflow around them is increased by the fact that they’re suspended on all sides.
During the summer, the temperature rises even at night. With a few tricks, you can still have a deep sleep and keep your room cool in the hot summer nights. In this post, I shared with you 8 tricks for surviving the hot summer nights.
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