Sleeping in hot weather is about as horrendous as a first-world problem can get. All that tossing and turning, your sheets sticking to you as you roll over for the four-thousandth time, your sweat somehow becoming the strongest super-glue known to humankind. It’s one of the worst, and that is without even mentioning the side effects of not getting any sleep which, let’s be honest, isn’t great. After all, sleep is one of those healthy habits we all need to get into the habit of doing.
That is why we have done our research, dug around, asked our most innovative friends for their advice, and come up with a list of little tips and tricks that can help you endure the warm summer nights and wake up feeling super-duper refreshed. So, without further ado, we bring to you a list of the best tried and tested means of keeping cool when your eyes are closed.
One of the best ways to keep yourself cool just long enough to fall asleep is to splash your sheets with ice-cool water before you slip under the covers. We don’t mean fill up a bucket and toss it over your bed, we just mean sprinkle a bit on your sheets; a light misting if you will. This will help you cool down and prevent you from sweating, which is exactly what you need in order to slip off into the land of nod.
Aircon is fantastic for keeping you cool, but most people only used it during the day because the costs can quickly add up when it is left on all night. Well, there are some tricks you can use to reduce the costs and allow you to catch some Zs. Home Comfort owner Ken Starr explains how a single maintenance check can restore your A/C device back to its factory settings, making it more efficient and cost-effective. The other thing you could do is plug it into a timer socket, which would prevent it from all night, and switch it off about half an hour after you start dreaming. That’s what we’re here for.
If you are like the rest of society then you probably have a multitude of electronic devices on charge by your bedside table. Your phone, your tablet, your laptop, your Tamagotchi, and whatever else. You may even have a bedroom TV and an alarm clock. However, by turning off all your plugs at the socket, not only will you be saving yourself some money and energy, but you will also make your room cooler. The reason is, that your plugs give off a significant amount of heat.
It can be so tempting to get into your birthday suit when it gets really hot, but whipping off all your clothes is not the answer when it comes to getting a great night’s sleep. What you want to do instead is sleep in cotton pajamas, something light and airy. The reason is these will allow your skin to breathe while any sweat is soaked up rather than clinging to your body. That means your sheets won’t come untucked every time you roll over.
What you drink in the hours before bed can make a huge difference to how well you are able to sleep, and that is without accounting for the hot, hot, hot weather. Booze will affect your ability to sleep even more when the night is warm. As such, drink something that is known to encourage a good night’s sleep, and take a glass of ice-cold water to bed with you. That way you’ll easily be able to regulate your temperature should you get too hot.
When the winter settles in, we all love snuggling up with a hot water bottle and keeping warm that way. That’s why it is so worth going the way and making a nice ice pack that you can then snuggle up with when it is hot. All you need to do is fill a sock with rice, tie a knot in the end, and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Then take it to bed with you and place it gently on your pulse points – wrists, ankles, feet, temples – and feel your body temperature instantly drop. Hello, good night’s sleep.
The big problem with having a fan in your room is that it just blows warm air about and no one wants to be in a bedroom where a hot desert wind is blowing about. That’s why it is worth making a few amendments to your fan’s abilities. First off, try filling a bowl with a large chunk of ice (or just loads of little chunks of ice) and placing that in front of the blades. As the ice melts, your warm wind will turn into a gorgeous cool wind. The other thing you could do is face your fan toward the open window. This will then pull the warmness away from your room and toss it outside, where it belongs.