We all love it when the first sign of summer starts to rear its head. But let’s be honest, it doesn’t take long for the super warm nights to start impacting on your sleep routine. Simply put, when the nighttime temperature is too high, it can be hard to get into that all important deep sleep you need to feel refreshed in the mornings. The good news is there are a lot of little tricks you can try to help you get better sleep during the summer nights – let’s take a closer look.
Get the basics right
First of all, some people can’t sleep properly no matter what the weather, so if this sounds familiar, make sure you are getting the basics right. The art of a zen-like night’s sleep is easier to achieve than you might think. So, make sure you are getting the basics right and aren’t making the usual, common mistakes – not going to bed at the same time each night, for example, or using electronic devices just before you try and get some shuteye.
The material of your sheets can have a big impact on your sleep during the hot summer nights. Avoid sheets made from silk or that contain manmade fibers, and look at alternatives instead. According to this post here, while most people go for cotton sheets at nighttime, they aren’t the coolest material out there. Instead, look out for sheets made from a high-quality viscose and bamboo – they will keep you incredibly cool during the summer and are usually around 3 degrees cooler than your average cotton sheet.
There are a few things you can do to ensure your bed is as cool as possible. First of all, try putting your bed sheets into a bag and keeping them in the freezer – they will feel super fresh and crisp when you eventually go to sleep. You can also use a hot water bottle – again, put the bottle in the freezer before going to bed. Finally, you can try the Egyptian method – dampening your sheets with cold water before going to bed, although you will need to make sure you lay down some towels beforehand to prevent your mattress getting wet.
Create a breeze
Sleeping with your windows wide open is a good way of getting a breeze into your room, although if the air is still, you are going to have to put some more work in. Electric fans are the most obvious choice, and you can also try putting a bowl of ice at the front of the blades, so the air it spreads is cooler.
There are a few more things you can try to get cool at night. First of all, remember that heat rises, so the closer you are to the floor, the cooler the temperature. A cool shower can help you go to bed feeling ready for sleep, and even a cold footbath can help your feet cool down to ensure you are more comfortable. Finally, make sure you switch off all your electronic devices and keep them out of your room. They give off a lot of heat that will just add to your problems, so keep them switched off and you will enjoy a cooler room temperature as well as a lower utility bill.