How to sleep better during hot summer nights
It has happened to all of us - the night is extremely hot and we cannot stop tossing and turning, unable to fall sleep. It's very unpleasant. There are few worse things than trying to fall asleep (or even just relax) in an incredibly warm and humid room.
So how do you cool a room without running an air conditioner? It is possible, indeed! We have collected a bunch of quick tips, some of which you've probably never heard of, and actually have a great effect.
Surviving a hot summer without an air conditioner seems impossible, but, hey, our grandparents have somehow managed it, right! It turns out we know some good ideas. Here are all those tried and true strategies for keeping you cool in the summer:
1. Choose cotton
Keep sheets of satin, silk, or polyester for cooler nights. Light-colored linen made of light cotton (Egyptian or other) is breathable and excellent for natural ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.
2. Use the freezer
Put the sheets in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes before going to bed. We recommend that you put them first in a plastic bag (unless moussaka is your favorite aromatherapy choice). Of course, this will not keep you cool all night, but it will provide a fresher atmosphere for sleeping at the beginning.
3. Get a hot water bottle
А solution for all the seasons. In winter you can fill it with hot water if you have cold feet. Throw it in the freezer in the summer and then put it in your bed to keep you cool.
4. Be creative
If you think fans are just for blowing hot air, think again! Place the portable fan near the window to blow the warm air out, and adjust the fan settings on the ceiling so that the blades move counter-clockwise, pulling the hot air up and out instead of simply rotating it around the room.
5. Sleep like an Egyptian
If there seem to be many Egyptian references on this list, it is because the people by the river of Nile know what they are doing. The so-called 'Egyptian method' involves moistening a sheet or cloth in cool water and using it as a cover. We recommend that you place damp sheets on a dry cloth to avoid wetting the mattress.
6. Be Free
Less is definitely more when it comes to pajamas in the summer. Choose a loose, soft cotton T-shirt and shorts or underwear. Sleeping naked when hot is (surprisingly) controversial. Some people believe that this helps them cool down, while others claim that sweat stays on the body instead of being soaked in clothing. A matter of personal preference.
7. Do it old school
Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes containing actual blocks of ice? Make yourself an air conditioner by placing a shallow tray or a bowl full of ice in front of the fan. The breeze will absorb the cold water from the icy surface as it melts, creating cooling airwaves.
8. Pamper your pulse points
To cool super fast, place ice cubes or cold compresses on the pulse points of the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles and behind the knees.
9. Be a single wolf
Sorry love birds, but sleeping alone is much better. Partner cuddling increases body heat, turning the bed into a fiery furnace instead of a cool, peaceful oasis.
10. Fill up the tank
Hydrate yourself by drinking a glass of water before going to bed. Tossing in bed and sweating at night can lead to dehydration, so recharge.
A cold shower takes on a whole new meaning when it's summer. Rinsing under a stream of cool, even cold water lowers your body temperature so you can go to bed, fully refreshed and ready for sleep.
12. Lie low
The hot air rises up, so put your bed as close to the ground as possible to overcome the heat. In a one-level home, this means removing the mattress from the high bed and placing it on the floor. If you live in a house or an apartment with 2 or more floors, sleep on the ground floor instead of upstairs.
13. Turn off the lights
This advice is sufficiently explanatory. Light bulbs release heat. Fortunately, during the summer there is light until eight-nine in the evening. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible and keep your rooms cool after dark, using the lighting as little as possible or even at all (romantic candlelight dinner, say).
14. Stay away from the stove
Summer is not the time to cook hot meals or roast chicken. Instead, eat cold meals at room temperature (salads are great) so you don't generate more heat in your home. If warm food is important to you, turn on the grill instead of the oven. And replace the big dishes with smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to digest. The body produces more heat after eating a huge steak than a plate of fruit, vegetables, and legumes.
15. Cool your feet
The feet are very sensitive to temperature because there are many pulse points in the feet and ankles. Cool your entire body by dipping your feet in cold water before going to bed. Better yet - keep a basin of water near the bed and soak your feet whenever you're feeling hot during the night.