20 Ideas to Survive Hot Summer Nights, Part I
We've all been there: you're tossing and turning in bed, you're fighting because you're glued to the sheets. It's awful. There aren’t many worse things than sleeping in a hot, damp room.
The obvious solution for a cool, restful and deep sleep is the air conditioner. The pleasant influx of cool air can keep the bedroom with the ideal sleeping temperature - between 16 and 20 degrees.
But the air conditioner uses tons of energy and increases your monthly electricity bill. A few quick tips can make the difference between endless sleepless nights in a sauna and quality blissful sleep. Here are some tried and true strategies to cool off on these hot summer nights.
1. Choose cotton
Keep satin, silk or polyester for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linen, made of light cotton (Egyptian or other), is breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow.
In the heat, cotton sheets will help you fall asleep faster. And according to research, they will calm you in the deepest, restorative stage of sleep better than bulkier tissues such as wool.
2. Feel the coolness from the freezer
Leave your sheets in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes before bed. Put them in a plastic bag first (unless frozen pizza is your favorite aromatherapy). Keep in mind that this will not keep you cool all night, but it will give you a short break from the heat and humidity.
3. Buy a hot water bottle
Here's a year-round tip that will reduce your electricity costs: Buy a hot water bottle. In winter, fill it with boiling water for keeping your feet warm. In the summer, leave it in the freezer to create a convenient ice pack under the covers.
4. Be creative
If you thought fans were just for blowing hot air around, think again! Place the fan pointing out the window so that it expels the hot air outside. Adjust the ceiling fan settings so that the blades move counterclockwise and pull the hot air up and out instead of just rotating it around the room.
5. Sleep like an Egyptian
The "Egyptian method" involves soaking a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. Place a dry towel under your body to keep the mattress from getting wet.
6. Free yourself
Less is definitely more when it comes to pajamas in the summer. Choose a loose, soft cotton T-shirt with shorts or underwear.
Being completely naked when it's hot is surprisingly controversial. Some people find that it helps them cool down. Others argue that being naked means that sweat remains on the body instead of being absorbed by the tissue.
7. Do it the old-school way
Remember when refrigerators were ice boxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Probably not. However, this cool trick is straight from the ice age.
Make your own air conditioner by placing a shallow tray or bowl filled with ice in front of a fan. The breeze will absorb the cold water from the ice surface as it melts, creating a cooling atmosphere.
8. Twist the air at home
Place a fan on the window so that the wind outside and the fan combine to produce a cooling cross breeze. Install multiple fans around the room to make the airflow even more turbulent.
9. Pamper your pulse points
Do you need to cool down? Put ice packs or cold compresses on the pulse points of the wrists, neck, elbows, groin and ankles and behind the knees.
10. Dress lightly
The right bedtime ensemble is key. Cooling nightwear is made with moisture-resistant fabrics such as cotton and bamboo or high-tech synthetics such as CoolMax, which prevent overheating at night.
11. Release your inner Tarzan
Are you excited or just really, really hot? Make a hammock, for example. It hangs and air enters from everywhere, which increases the air flow.
Expect the second part of our article with more useful tips soon!