Now that the heat of summer is in full force, it’s sometimes hard to get a comfortable and restful night sleep. We all know that the best way to keep cool is with an air conditioner, but even if you don’t have one, there are some things you can do to help you cool down and rest up.
1) When you know it’s going to be a hot and humid day, start early in the morning by keeping the window curtains, blinds and/or shades drawn to keep out the hot sun. Although it’s uplifting to be in a sun-lit room, the rays of sun actually increase the temperature in the room.
2) Before climbing into bed, cool your body down with a refreshing shower.
3) Just as you dress yourself with cooler clothing on a hot summer day, dress your bed with cooler linens, such as cotton or bamboo sheets. Each are an excellent choice because the fabric is breathable and absorbs moisture, keeping your body temperature cooler. Avoid bed sheets that contain polyester because they tend to be hot. And believe it or not, a wool mattress pad not only keeps you warm in the winter, but also helps to keep you cool in the summer by wicking moisture away from your body.
4) If the air temperature is cooler outside than inside, place a fan in a window facing outward. Open another window on the opposite end of your room, if possible. The cross ventilation will help to create more of breeze than by having just one window open and the fan will pull out the warm air and allow the cooler air to flow through the room.
5) If possible, invest in a ceiling fan for your bedroom. They provide great air circulation and can make you feel up to 4 degrees cooler even without an air conditioner. In the summer, the blades should rotate in a ‘reverse’ counter-clockwise motion.